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Dr. Jonathan Lazar

Professor of Computer and Information Sciences

Director, Undergraduate Program in Information Systems

Towson University

Phone: 410-704-2255

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Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University, where he has been on the faculty since 1999, and has served as director of the Undergraduate Program in Information Systems since 2003. Dr. Lazar also founded the Universal Usability Laboratory at Towson University and served as director from 2003-2014. Within the area of human-computer interaction, Dr. Lazar is involved in teaching and research on Web accessibility for people with disabilities, user-centered design methods, assistive technology, and public policy. He has authored or edited 10 books, including Ensuring Digital Accessibility Through Process and Policy (2015, co-authored with Dan Goldstein and Anne Taylor, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers), Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction (2010, co-authored with Heidi Feng and Harry Hochheser, John Wiley and Sons), Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations (2007, John Wiley and Sons), and Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach (2006, Addison-Wesley). His newest book, co-edited with Michael Stein of Harvard Law School, is titled Frontiers in Human Rights: Disability Rights, Law, and Technology Accessibility and will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in late 2016.

Dr. Lazar has published over 140 refereed articles in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books, including Communications of the ACM, the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, Government Information Quarterly, Behaviour and Information Technology, Journal of Usability Studies, and Interacting with Computers. Dr. Lazar has been granted 2 US patents for his work on accessible web-based security features for blind users. He frequently serves as an advisor to government agencies, regularly provides testimony at the federal and state level, and multiple US Federal regulations cite his research publications. Dr. Lazar frequently partners with disability advocacy groups in his research, including the National Federation of the Blind and the National Down Syndrome Congress, and often presents outside of the HCI community, including educational and legal venues (e.g. EDUCAUSE, AHEAD, the Coalition for Networked Information, Korean Disability Law Association, Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, Cherry Blossoms Conference on Federal Intellectual Property Policy). Dr. Lazar currently serves on the executive board of the Friends of the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped , and the State of Maryland Work Group on Increasing the Teaching of IT Accessibility Concepts in State Universities. He has served multiple roles in SIGCHI, including, most recently, adjunct chair of Public Policy (2010-2015) and Digital Accessibility Chair (CHI 2014). Dr. Lazar also served on the editorial board of ACM Interactions Magazine as the forum editor for public policy from 2010-2015 , and previously served as a voting member on the USACM Council. Dr. Lazar's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, the American Library Association, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and other governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Lazar has been honored with the 2016 SIGCHI Social Impact Award, the 2015 AccessComputing Capacity Building Award (sponsored by the University of Washington and NSF), for advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities in computing fields, the 2011 University System of Maryland Regents Award for Public Service, and the 2010 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Lazar was selected as the Shutzer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, to investigate the relationship between human-computer interaction for people with disabilities, and US Disability Rights Law. Dr. Lazar remains affilated with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and is a member of the Senior Common Room at Leverett House at Harvard University.