Leisa Thompson

Leisa Thompson, Ph.D.

University of Virginia
Research Scientist
Dr. Leisa D. Thompson is a Research Scientist in Engineering 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 that focus on recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in undergraduate computing and engineering programs. In addition, she works directly with Extension Services Consultants to manage their work with ES-UP client departments and conducts quantitative data analyses using statistical tools such as SPSS and advanced analytical tools in Excel. Dr. Thompson has been a principal investor on multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and has published in conference proceedings and presented at various regional, national, and international conferences.
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. Dr. Thompson’s other research interest include online education, technology and higher education issues, as well as college success for underrepresented students.
NCWIT Roles: Director of Research and Consulting, Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs; Research Team
Education: Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Higher Education Leadership; M.Ed., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Workforce Education and Development; B.S., California State University Northridge, Computer Science.