Who We Are

John Lowe

John Lowe
Interim Director and
Project Manager of Instructional Technology

John has been an executive staff member at Baylor University for 15 plus years serving as a Senior Academic Consultant.  He recently took on additional responsibilites related to directing the OTLS team. His expertise is providing system administration for enterprise academic systems including Baylor’s learning management systems and web-conferencing systems. His technical skills include system administration, managing cloud applications, load balancing, performance monitoring, and hardware scaling. His interests include new media tools and communication, leadership, and discovering new resources to fill academic technology needs.  John was honored to receive the Outstanding Staff Award from Baylor in 2015.

David Taylor
Project Manager, Instructional Technology & Library Systems

David began his career at Baylor University in 2004, serving first as a Senior Academic Consultant and more recently as Project Manager of Instructional Technology. Prior to joining Baylor, he worked as a software engineer, supervisor and technical architect within the IT division of Sprint. David holds a bachelor's degree in Information Systems from Baylor University. David is considered a jack-of-all-trades, but specializes in extending the usefulness of our university's learning management system (formerly Blackboard and now Canvas) by writing custom software components to fill in the gaps in functionality. David currently supports Canvas, Canvas Catalog, Qualtrics, WebEx, WordPress, Bongo, Proctorio, The Lariat website, the Truett LLL system, and various other custom and one-off solutions.

Karen Savage
Senior Programmer Analyst

Karen Savage has been an executive staff member at Baylor University for 20 years. As a programmer analyst, she has a wide skillset including web development, database administration, systems administration and programming in several languages. Karen helps maintain several critical library systems and websites including the Electronic Resources Directory, the OneSearch webpages, and the Springshare suite. Contact Karen for questions or access to LibGuides, LibAnswers, and LibInsight. She received a Masters of Science in Information Systems from Baylor University's Hankammer School of Business in 2006. Her interests include community theatre and the fiber arts.

Dr. John Solis
Senior Instructional Designer

Dr. John Solis is a Senior Instructional Designer at Baylor University. He has been teaching in higher education for over 19 years through a number of teaching roles including a tenure-track assistant professor, assistantships, and lectureships. John has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in face-to-face, hybrid/blended, and fully online formats in the areas of instructional design, distance education, multimedia production, introductory computing concepts and computer literacy, graduate-level writing, and research methods. Prior to joining Baylor in 2014, John had active K-12 technology integration leadership roles working directly with in-service teachers in school districts and through university/K12 partnerships. Contact Dr. Solis for questions regarding online Canvas course templates, online course design best practices, Kaltura for enhancing instructional delivery and student engagement, and general technology integration for online, blended, and face-to-face courses.

Outside of academia, John enjoys spending time with his family, going to church, visiting Disney World and Universal Studios, fishing, and is an avid video gamer. He also enjoys watching mixed martial arts, San Antonio Spurs basketball games, the Dallas Cowboys, and Baylor and UT Longhorns football games.

Dr. Becky Sue Parton
Instructional Designer

Dr. Parton received her PhD in Educational Computing (Technology) from the University of North Texas.  She was a professor for 10 years prior to coming to Baylor and a programmer before that.  She has taught face-to-face and on-line as well as in blended formats.  Becky's research focused on using instructional technology, especially augmented reality, with Deaf students.  She has served as the prinicple investigator on multiple projects including a US Department of Education Stepping Stones grant.  She also has an M.S. in Deaf Ed and a B.B.A in Strategic Management.  Becky was honored to receive the state-wide technology educator of the year in 2009 from the Louisiana Technology Council and the state-wide educator of the year in 2011 from the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE). She loves creating multimedia and designing interactive courses.  Contact Dr. Parton for questions related to DOTS (our graduate online teaching program), PRESTO (our self-paced course for faculty), Professional Development workshop schedules and resources, plus other instructional design needs.

Becky enjoys animal rescue activities, movies, and traveling.  She has supported mission work with Compassion International for over 20 years and has been blessed to meet several of her sponsored children.  She is an active member of First Baptist Robinson.

Neal Rodriguez

Neil Rodriguez
Instructional Technologist

Neonel began his employment at Baylor University late 2015 as an Online Teaching and Learning Service Consultant. In that role, he assisted Baylor faculty by helping transition from the Blackboard learning management system to the Canvas learning management system. Recently, he became an executive staff serving as an Instructional Technologist in the Online Teaching and Learning Service department. His role is to provide faculty, students and staff assistance in the following areas but are not limited to: Canvas, Kaltura, WebEx, EduBlog/CampusPress, Bongo, minor Box, and in other projects as assigned. Neonel also received a Baylor Plus Salute in 2017 to recognize outstanding service provided to Baylor faculty.

Outside of Baylor University, Neonel enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn son; as well as, engaging in church functions where he serves as a Music Director, Teacher in Ministry, and is on the Board of Trustees. He also enjoys playing the piano, drums, bass, and guitar at service and doing community outreach and volunteering.