Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle
Ex Director/PI

Davina Pruitt-Mentle, a senior researcher and Executive Director at Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach (ETPRO) and a National CyberWatch Center PI, has worked in the field of STEM education, instructional technology and cyberawareness research for over 20 years. Her primary responsibilities include providing project management expertise for program and grant initiatives that advance effective learning and teaching through technology integration, and research, program evaluation, policy analysis and teacher workshop/college course design and instruction. Dr. Pruitt-Mentle has over 20 years of teaching experience, including 12 years as college faculty, and 11 years of online teaching experience. She holds a PhD from the University of Maryland in educational policy and has spent the past 15 years conducting research on cyberethics, safety and security awareness and developing programs to help increase the STEM workforce pipeline, with a special emphasis on Cybersecurity careers.

Dr. Pruitt-Mentle research and development interests have focused on the Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity (C3) framework and the connection to the broader Digital Literacy landscape. Her C3 Framework has been adopted by numerous State Departments of Education and leading Internet Safety curriculum providers. Her research skills have lead to a variety of opportunities, including the National C3 Baseline Study referenced by President Obama in his 60 Day Cybersecurity Policy Review, evaluation of Internet curriculum such as iKeepSafe, WebWiseKids, and D.A.R.E, development of the Cybersecurity CTE tract for Maryland, design of the C3 Framework and STEPP implementation, development of the SECURE IT initiative, a holistic approach program to promote C3 and connect to careers in Cybersecurity, and recent launch of the C3 School Award Program.

She serves as the K12 PI on the NSF funded National CyberWatch Center, PI for the CyberWatch/UMD Digital Forensics Lab, PI of the MD BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) –EIS-C MD grant (Expanding IS Capacity in MD), and serves on numerous national, state and local Task Force/Advisory Boards, including NetSmartz, iKeepSafe, , CLICKS, and MD ED Technology Advisory Board. She is recently elected President for the Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET).

Speaking Schedule
Wednesday, September 18, 2:50-3:45pm - Collaboration as a Means to Building Capacity: K-12 Cybersecurity Pathway