Sharon holds the L. D. and Ruth Morgridge Endowed Chair for Teacher Education in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. She also serves as the director of partnerships. Sharon earned a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. In her current role, she works with faculty and P–12 teachers to integrate technology into the learning process. Presenting at state, national and international conferences, Sharon has become an important voice on applications of technology in the classroom and in distance education. In addition to her teaching and consulting, Sharon has served as president of AECT, has served on the board of directors of International Visual Literacy Association, and is currently serving as the President of the ECT Foundation Board of Directors. She has written articles for state and national journals on her primary research interests – effective technology integration and distance education for learning. She worked on several grants that identified technology as an important aspect of ensuring quality learning environments. Currently, Sharon is engaged in the development of the Virtual Laboratory School at Northern Illinois University.