Sharla Berry

Dr. Sharla Berry is the Associate Director of the Center for Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness and a Lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership. She is a researcher, evaluator, and practitioner with extensive experience teaching and leading in diverse K-20 environments. Her research focuses on digital equity, technology policy, and inclusive teaching in online environments. 

Ph.D., Urban Education Policy. University of Southern California.

M.A., Education, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Loyola Marymount University.

B.A., History. Loyola Marymount University.

  • Online teaching and learning 

  • Equitable, inclusive, engaging online environments in K-20 settings 

  • Digital literacy

  • Digital equity 

  • Culturally responsive evaluation 


Berry, S. (in press). Creating Inclusive Online Communities: Practices that Support and Engage Diverse Students. Stylus Press. 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

Berry, S. (2019). Teaching to connect: Community-building strategies for the virtual classroom. Online Learning, 23(1), 164-183. doi:10.24059/olj.v23i1.1425  

Berry, S. (2018). Professional development for online faculty: instructors’ perspectives on cultivating technical, pedagogical and content knowledge in a distance program. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 1-16.,

Berry, S. (2018). Building Community in an Online Graduate Program: Exploring the Role of an In-Person Orientation. The Qualitative Report. 

Berry, S. (2017). Student support networks in online doctoral programs: Exploring nested  communities. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 12, 33-48. Retrieved from 

Industry Reports and Research Briefs 

Berry, S. (2021). Technology and College Access – Understanding the Unique Challenges and Opportunities Black Students Face. University of Southern California Pullias Center for Higher Education. 

Wesson, K. Berry, S. & Noguera, P. (2020). Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis : A Guide to Equity in Remote Learning. California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAASA), UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS), San Diego County of Education, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence