Leisa Thompson

Leisa Thompson

University of Virginia
Director of Research & Consulting, Extension Services


Leisa Thompson is an education researcher who serves as the Director of Research and Consulting for NCWIT Extension Servises (ES). In her role, Dr. Thompson conducts research and analysis on enrollment trends and various other departmental data provided by the 36 ES computing clients. In addition, Leisa works directly with the Extension Services Consultants (ESCs) and helps advise and coordinate their work and data collection efforts with ES client departments.

Leisa has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and over 15 years of corporate experience in Information Technology as an applications engineer, systems administrator, and senior consultant for companies such as Xerox, Hughes Electronics, and IBM Corporation. Her research interest include online education and student outcomes such as employment, technology and higher education issues, as well as college success and underrepresented students.

Leisa obtained her B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Northridge, a M.Ed. in Workforce Education and Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.