Leisa Thompson

Leisa Thompson

University of Virginia
Director of Research & Consulting, NCWIT Extension Services


Dr. Leisa Thompson is a Research Scientist in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia. With NCWIT, she is the Director of Research and Consulting for NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP). Dr. Thompson conducts research on systemic reform for gender balance in computing and analysis on enrollment and retention data provided by the ES-UP clients, all of whom are committed to diversifying their undergraduate major. In addition, she works directly with Extension Services Consultants to manage their work and data collection efforts with ES-UP client departments.

Dr. Thompson has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and more than 15 years of corporate experience in Engineering and Information Technology as an applications engineer, systems administrator, and senior consultant for companies such as Xerox, Hughes Electronics, and IBM Corporation. Other research interests include online education, technology, and higher education issues, as well as college success for underrepresented students.

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