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Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler is an Affiliate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her teaching and research focus on the successful transition of students with disabilities to college and careers and on the application of universal design to technology, learning activities, physical spaces, and student services in educational settings. She founded and continues to direct the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the Access Technology Center. These two centers promote (1) the use of mainstream and assistive technology and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers and (2) the development of facilities, computer labs, academic and administrative software, websites, multimedia, and distance learning programs that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities. Dr. Burgstahler's current projects include the Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM), the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing), the RDE Collaborative Dissemination project, AccessDL, and the Center for Universal Design in Education. Dr. Burgsahler and her projects have received many awards, including the National Information Infrastructure Award in Education, the President's Award for Mentoring, the Golden Apple Award in Education, the Program Recognition award of the Association of Higher Education and Disability, and the Harry J. Murphy Catalyst Award.
Dr. Burgstahler has published articles and delivered presentations at national and international conferences that focus on universal design of distance learning, websites and multimedia, computer labs, instruction, student services, and other applications in education; and the management of electronic communities, work-based learning activities and transition programs for youth with disabilities. She is the author or co-author of eight books on using the Internet with pre-college students and directing e-mentoring and transition programs and lead editor of the book Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice.