Davina Pruitt-Mentle, PhD

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Davina Pruitt-Mentle serves as the Lead for Academic Engagement of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Prior to joining NICE, she was a senior researcher and policy analyst for Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach (ETPRO) and served as the Co-PI for the National Science Foundation (NSF) supported National Cyberwatch Center (NCC). Previous to NCC leadership, she served as faculty within the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, and served as Director of Educational Technology Outreach within the College of Education at UMCP. Before joining the College, she taught chemistry at the high school and collegiate level. She also worked as a contractor in the Fuels Science Division at the Naval Research Laboratory.

She has over 20 years of experience conducting research on student and educator cyberawareness and developing programs to help increase the cybersecurity workforce pipeline. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Technology Policy from the University of Maryland, her M.Ed from Lynchburg College, and her B.S. from Virginia Tech.

(Previous) Davina has extensive experience in STEM research, program evaluation, and teacher course design/instruction. Research interests have focused on CyberethicsCybersafetyCybersecurity (C3®) awareness, and the impact of the Mindtools, CyberSTEM, and Cool Careers in Cybersecurity for Girls (C34G) Programs which have enabled thousands of students to explore cyber career possibilities connected with STEM.

Served as PI for NCC/UMD Digital Forensics Lab & MD BRAC Expanding IS Capacity in MD, mentor for MentorLinks IHE's, president-Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET), and on numerous national, state and local Task Force/Advisory Boards.

Dissertation: Community and Educational Workforce Opportunity in the US: The Relative Utility of Technology and Digital Literacy in a Transcultural Community.