Dr. Melissa Dark


Dr. Melissa Dark is currently the W.C. Furnas Professor of Technology in Computer and Information Technology and the Assistant Director of Educational Programs at CERIAS (the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security). From 2003-2011 she served as the Assistant and then Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Planning in the College of Technology. Melissa provided key leadership in launching and managing the college's strategic plan, which focused on improving student recruitment and retention, defining signature areas for the college that drove growth in curricula and research, enhancing diversity, improving fund raising, and faculty recruitment in key academic signature areas and accountability through measurable metrics to our goals. She was the first research dean in the history of the College and successfully led the College in increasing it sponsored research funding from $300,000.00 to over $11,000,000.00. Melissa Dark has extensive experience teaching, curriculum development, and instructional research and assessment. She has led several national projects in educational transformation. She has been active in defining the cybersecurity body of knowledge, leading faculty development programs nationwide, and helping define educational research priorities in cybersecurity education. She is currently leading three funded grants in information security education: a fellowship grant, a grant that supports research experiences for undergraduate students, and a grant to develop a research/education network with other Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research and Education, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security. She is also under contract with the National Security Agency to help develop the CAE in Cyber Operations program as well as the GenCyber program. Dr. Dark finished her PhD in 2000 at Purdue in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in measurement and evaluation.

Purdue University