Staff

Ryan Baltrip

Dr. Ryan Baltrip

Director of Digital Learning Initiatives

Dr. Ryan Baltrip is an experienced educational innovator who has previously led two different institutions to become nationally recognized and award winning eLearning programs, most recently at William & Mary.

With a "teaching first, technology second" mentality, Baltrip is excited to see how the eLearning team can serve and support others at Miami in developing effective, high-quality instruction that utilizes technology and partnering with others to ignite sparks of educational innovation.

  • 307B Laws Hall
  • (513) 529-6069
  • ryanbaltrip@MiamiOH.edu

Elizabeth Farrar

Instructional Design & Technology Specialist

Elizabeth Farrar

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Elizabeth Farrar is an Instructional Design and Technology Specialist with over 15 years of experience working in higher education. She holds a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Instructional Technology. Prior to joining eLearning at Miami University, Elizabeth was the Director of Instructional Technology at Austin Community College and the Assistant Director of the Foreign Language Center at The Ohio State University. She has worked in curriculum development as well as classroom teaching.

Elizabeth can offer guidance and training to faculty on effective and efficient instructional solutions based on the latest innovations and research in teaching and learning. She strives to empower all faculty to facilitate engaged, student-centered learning whether in the classroom or online.

Elizabeth's lifelong learning passion is foreign languages. She has formally studied German, Dutch and Chinese and has dabbled in the self-study of Italian, French, Russian and Spanish.

"Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think."

  • 307D Laws Hall
  • (513) 529-6067
  • farrarem@MiamiOH.edu

Cyndi Govreau

Instructional Design & Technology Specialist

Cyndi Govreau

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Cyndi Govreau has worked in higher educations for more than 20 years. Prior to coming to Miami University, she was the project manager for online learning at a for-profit institution with 28 campuses across the country. She earned her master's degree in Teaching and Learning fully online.

As an instructional designer, Cyndi can help faculty transform courses into engaged and creative learning opportunities. Working with faculty allows her to share her passion for engaged learning and to positively impact each and every student. We all know that no single approach works for every student, every course, and especially not for every faculty. Cyndi works to find what works for you in your course and ensures that it aligns with the learning objectives.

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  • 307G Laws Hall
  • (513) 529-1583
  • govreacl@MiamiOH.edu

Anthony Jones-Scott

Instructional Design & Technology Specialist

Anthony Jones-Scott

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Anthony has worked in higher education for more than fifteen years in a variety of roles at several institutions ranging from small, private colleges to large, public universities. He has also worked in the Labor movement, the publishing industry and for a national co-op and outdoor outfitter on both the east and west coasts of the US. In that time, he has taught university courses both online and face-to-face, as well as numerous workshops for Faculty and Staff.

In addition to undergraduate degrees in Political Science, History, and Psychology, he holds a Master's degree in Curriculum Studies and is working to complete a doctoral degree.

Anthony enjoys helping faculty explore new ways of teaching that allow them to build upon their strengths and implement innovative techniques and technologies that are proven to support student success.

When not at work, Anthony is most likely found on a local squash court, in a sea kayak on one of the Great Lakes, watching old films, or reading yet another book that convinces him that the world runs on myth and ideology.

"To delve into history entails, besides the grievance of hard work, the danger that in the depths one may lose one’s scapegoats." ― Jacques Barzun, The Energies of Art: Studies of Authors, Classic and Modern

  • 307E Laws Hall
  • (513) 529-3099
  • ajs@MiamiOH.edu

Tom Luo

Instructional Design & Technology Specialist

Tom Luo

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Tom holds an MA in Instructional Systems from University of Central Florida in Orlando. As an Instructional Design & Technology Specialist, Tom helps design and develop online courses and works with faculty on integrating technologies into eLearning courses. He is also interested in eLearning in the global settings. Before joining the Miami eLearning team in 2009, Tom worked as an Instructional technologist at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Outside of work, Tom enjoys sports, hiking and watching sci-fi movies. Sometimes he can also be found walking the two boys and the dog in Oxford.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." – William Butler Yeats 

  • 313E Laws Hall
  • (513) 529-0927
  • luojt@MiamiOH.edu

Ben Hartman

Video Production Specialist

Ben Hartman

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"I'm one of the Video Producers on the eLearning team. I've been working in some facet of video production for the last 15+ years, most of which was spent in Boston, MA. I earned my MFA in Film Production from Boston University and I've worked as a video producer, director, cinematographer, editor, teacher, and account manager for a variety of institutions, companies, and projects. I've been at Miami University since October 2018 and enjoy working with faculty to create engaging and informative video content.

I enjoy learning - particularly as it pertains to practical, hands-on skills. As a relatively new owner of an old home, with a large established garden and a small flock of chickens, there is no shortage of skills out there for me to improve. And, as a father of two small children, I get to not only facilitate their learning and play, but also see their love of learning grow and develop. Beyond that, I love cooking and baking bread. Between the house, kids, and making food there's not much room left over, but when there is I try keep feeding my appreciation of the cinematic arts."

"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind." – Kurt Vonnegut

  • 313C Laws Hall
  • (513) 529-5067
  • hartmabd@MiamiOH.edu

Rachel Valerio

Video Production Specialist

Rachel Sachs Valerio

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Rachel Valerio produces professional-level instructional videos with Miami faculty. As a lifelong learner, she loves learning a little bit about each faculty member’s field and helping harness their passion and express it to their students. Rachel has nearly 15 years of video production experience both within and outside of higher education. Before joining the eLearning Miami team, she worked for a PBS affiliate in Columbus for a number of years. Rachel earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Ohio State University in Film/Video Production and Strategic Communication. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media Studies from Miami University.

When Rachel isn't in the studio or roaming around campus with a camera, she's spending time with her husband, two young children, and Mini GoldenDoodle in Cincinnati. Although a farmer's daughter, Rachel kills every house plant she comes into contact with. Keep your ferns away!

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." — Dorothea Lange

  • 313D Laws Hall
  • (513) 529-3659
  • valerirs@MiamiOH.edu

Ben Kitchen

Administrative Assistant

Ben Kitchen

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Ben is an experienced administrative professional with a strong writing background and focus on new media. In addition to providing administrative support to eLearning Miami, Ben coordinates and monitors communication and marketing efforts for the office.

Prior to joining Miami in December 2017, Ben worked at the University of Texas at Austin's renowned University Writing Center. He studied Electronic Media at the University of Cincinnati, with minors in both Journalism and Spanish, and also worked at the school's LGBTQ Center.

As a military brat born to a U.S. Air Force father and English mother, Ben likes to call himself "half-English, half-hillbilly". He enjoys travel, having lived in the United States, England, Germany, and Spain, and more specifically, in Ohio, Maine, New York, and Texas.

"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." — James Baldwin

  • 307C Laws Hall
  • (513) 529-2658
  • kitcheb@MiamiOH.edu

Kristine Smith

Microcredential Program Manager

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In October 2019, Krissy Smith transitioned into the role of Micro-Credential Program Manager, within eLearning Miami. After serving 5 + years in the Miami University Regionals office of Career Services & Professional Development, Krissy has become well equipped at building relationships across campuses and with businesses in our surrounding communities. Further, she appreciates the importance of preparing and developing students to be specialized and competitive in the 21st century job market, and to support these educational needs, she is honored to bring micro-credential opportunities to Miami University.

Krissy received my BA in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati (2011), her MS Ed. in Student Affairs from Miami University (2014), and expects for receive MBA from Miami University in December 2019. She notes that after completing several positive psychology courses in her undergrad, she set her focus on celebrating strengths, and recognized her passion lies in helping people develop and capitalize on their talents.

  • 307I Laws Hall
  • (513) 217-4030
  • smithkl@MiamiOH.edu