Who We Are

Dr. Sandy Bennett

Dr. Sandy Bennett
Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Professional Education and
Director of Online Teaching & Learning

Dr. Sandy Bennett is the Director of Baylor’s Online Teaching and Learning Services (OTLS) team within the university’s Library and Academic Technology Services (LATS). Sandy has been with Baylor since 1995.  She is a library faculty member and has taught for over 10 years in Baylor’s Management Information System department and more than 14 years at Tarleton State University’s Management department, where she has taught both in the classroom and online. Sandy holds a Ph.D. in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement from the University of North Texas, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. Recently, she has lead several major initiatives for Baylor including:

  • Creating an instructional design team for Baylor University to support online, blended and flipped teaching;
  • Implementing two online graduate programs – the Masters of Business Administration and the MS in Nursing, Leadership and Innovation;
  • Leading the evaluation and transition of the campus Learning Management Systems and
  • Exploring the use of E-textbooks by participating with the Educause/Internet2 and Follett E-textbook pilot programs.

In summer 2018, Dr. Bennett took on additional responsibilities related to graduate professional education and splits her time between LATS and the Provost's office.

Sandy is married and has two adult children and one granddaughter who all reside in North Carolina.  When she is not working, she enjoys being a grandma, watching movies, and taking cruises with her husband.

John Lowe

John Lowe
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 of Instructional Technology

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.

Outside of work, David enjoys reading, exercise, travel and spending time with his family.  He has served on the city council of his hometown of McGregor since 2006.

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 and the BearCat webpages. 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 earned his Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Instructional Technology from the department of Adult Learning and Technology at the University of Wyoming in 2006.  John also holds an M.A. in Communication and Training Technology and a B.A. in Management both from the University of Northern Iowa as well as an A.A. in General Business and Management from Palo Alto College in San Antonio, TX.  He has been teaching in higher education for 17 years through a number of teaching roles including a tenure-track assistant professor, graduate assistant, teaching assistant, online adjunct instructor, and part-time lecturer.  He 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.  John’s research interests include instructional design for online learning, engaging the adult learner (andragogy), and effective faculty development with emphasis on technology integration and online course design.

Prior to John’s arrival to Baylor in 2014, he was the Coordinator for Technology Initiatives for the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching at the University of Texas working with K-12 STEM educators state-wide with emphasis in the integration of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and the curriculum.  John also played active leadership roles in the K-12 arena working directly with in-service teachers as a Technology Integration Specialist and Technology Integration Coordinator for Richland School District Two in Columbia, SC.

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. 

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.