University of Southern California

Learning Design & Technology

Advancing USC's strategic vision for teaching with technology


Joan Getman, Director of Educational Technologies

Photo of Joan GetmanJoan’s higher education experience includes evaluation and strategic planning for learning technologies, curriculum development for diverse populations, and video and multimedia production. She has a background in communications and instructional design. Getman represents USC in national and international forums, and has served as chair of the New Media Consortium board of directors and as a member of the steering committee for USC’s Hybrid High School. She has also served on the faculty of the EDUCAUSE Management Institute, the Australasian CAUDIT Leadership Institute, and, currently, the new South African ASAUDIT Leadership Institute, providing skill development for emerging university information technology (IT) leaders. Getman’s current professional focus is on digital storytelling and telling stories with data through visual representations of information.

Katherine Guevara, Instructional DesignerKatiePortrait-700

Katherine strives to promote best practices in faculty mentoring, pedagogy, and curriculum development aspects of instructional design for supporting USC faculty to meet student needs and accomplish learning objectives with the aid of technology. She has taught international students at the USC International Academy, teaches online for the USC Rossier School of Education’s MAT-TESOL program, and has trained thousands of teachers worldwide. Her current doctoral research at the USC Price School of Policy focuses on education policy for democratizing access to teacher training for educators in rural, marginalized, and underserved communities by delivering video-based training content on mobile devices. Katherine has a background in educational television and was an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and Georgetown University in Ecuador where she partnered to create a TV English program and accompanying textbook now available on iTunesU. As an advocate for professional development, Katherine considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys participating in courses, tutorials, workshops, certification programs, and opportunities to earn badges.

Tomo Isoyama, Manager, New Media & Emerging Technologies

Photo of Tomo IsoyamaTomo specializes in adapting newly developed teaching and learning tools including video, multimedia, and immersive technologies. With his unique background in visual arts and information technology, his research and teaching areas span 3D modeling and animation, photography and graphic design, video and audio editing, and web authoring and database management. Isoyama is spearheading a campus-wide research and development video initiative called Video@USC. Born and raised in Tokyo, Isoyama moved to Los Angeles to pursue his graduate degree in fine arts, which he completed in 2000 at USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts. Since then, he has maintained an active career as a visual artist, exhibiting his work nationally and internationally. Isoyama worked for the USC Roski School as manager of IT prior to joining the CST in the summer of 2007. Isoyama has taught Japanese language, web design, photography, and video game art at various colleges in Southern California, including USC’s Roski School and the School of Cinematic Arts.

Carl Kuzmich, Instructional Designer

Photo of Carl KuzmichCarl has spent more than 20 years working with more than 1,000 institutions, advising on how best to incorporate technology into the classroom. At the University of Pittsburgh, he managed the advanced graphics lab and the faculty technology center before working in the office of medical education, where he was responsible for creating an online problem-based learning environment to help educate medical school students. He was later responsible for introducing CourseInfo, a course management system (CMS). At CST, he manages USC’s CMS and advises instructors using it to effectively engage users in an online classroom. For 12 years prior to coming to USC, he worked for Blackboard Inc., traveling the world to consult with and advise institutions about how to best roll out a CMS to faculty and students.

Jamie Putorti-SandheinrichJamie Putorti-Sandheinrich, Senior Technical Analyst

Jamie has been at USC for 21 years and counting and has served in a variety of roles starting with computer desktop support and moving to systems administration, development and technology analysis. Recent initiatives she has led include the Campus wide Adobe Connect licensing program and the Technology Enhanced Learning iPad Pilot. With her strong technical background, she is now serving LD&T in the role of Senior Technical Analyst. Her responsibilities include the evaluation of new and emerging technologies, leading technical pilots, helping to provide technical solutions for faculty and serving as the LD&T’s “Jill of all trades”. She has a Masters in Communications Management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Her other professional interests include anything Apple, mobile technologies, digital badging and gamification.


Robert Sweeney, Instructional Designer

Robert focuses on technological solutions that remove barriers to learning in all of their forms. He has taught at the college and high school levels in traditional classroom, online, and homeschool environments. Originally trained as a research Physical Chemist, he decided to follow his interest in education instead of research. In addition to teaching university Chemistry and other subjects, he led extensive curricular renovations at several schools including the Los Angeles Film School, Fairmont State University, and an online high school. Sweeney firmly believes in the power of numbers and promotes the utilization of concrete data to drive educational decision-making. He has a Ph. D. In Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a Masters in Instructional Design and Technology from Purdue University.