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About Sharla Berry

My teaching practice is informed by self-reflection, critical inquiry and praxis. I encourage students to think deeply about their roles as educational change agents. I support students in using critical theoretical perspectives to consider diverse perspectives on educational leadership. I ask students to use their knowledge to generate "real world" solutions to pressing educational problems. In helping link theory to practice, I help support students in becoming engaged citizens and educational leaders. 

My research explores educational innovations in K-20 education. My current work considers the ways in which online students create community. Using qualitative methods, I examine the ways in which faculty, staff and students use technology including virtual classrooms and social media apps to help foster connection in online programs. In previous research I have explored the ways in which mobile apps and other technology can support college access for first-generation students of color. 


2017 - Present Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
2013 - 2017 Research Associate, University of Southern California

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Center for Excellence in Teaching 2016
  • Humanities Arts Science and Technology Collaborative (HASTAC) 2014
  • USC Annenberg Summer Institute on Diversity in Media 2014
  • Dean’s Fellowship in Urban Education Policy 2013-2017
  • USC Office of the Provost/ National Science Foundation Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program 2013
  • Americorps Teacher Education for A Multicultural Society (TEAMS) 2010


  • EDUC 356: Advanced Inquiry 3
  • EDUC 372: Program and Organization Evaluation
  • EDUC 367: Cultural Diversity and Educational Administration


2017 Ph.D., Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California
2011 M.A., Education, Loyola Marymount University
2009 B.A., History, Loyola Marymount University

Contact Information

Phone: 916.340.6098


Books and Book Chapters (2)

Books and book chapters written or edited by Dr. Sharla Berry.

Articles (1)

Journal articles written by Dr. Sharla Berry.

Presentations (17)

Conference proceedings, presentations, lectures and symposium given by Dr. Sharla Berry.