Sharla  Berry

Sharla Berry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor



Dr. Sharla Berry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. Her research explores technology in K-12 and higher education. Topics of interest include technology and college access and online learning in postsecondary environments. Dr. Berry teaches a number of research methods classes. 


  • Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California
  • M.A. in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University
  • B.A. in History from Loyola Marymount University



  • Teaching and learning in online environments 
  • Technology and college access


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Berry, S. (2019). The Offline Nature of Online Community: Exploring Distance Learners’ Extracurricular Interactions. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.

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.,-volV)(0123456789().,-volV)

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

Berry, S. (2017). Building Community in Online Doctoral Classrooms: Instructor Practices that Support Community. Online Learning Journal. Retrieved from