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Elizabeth K. Hawthorne, PhD

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Title: Online Lecturer on Cybersecurity & Computer Science
Company: Rider University
Location: Venice, Florida, United States

Elizabeth K. Hawthorne, PhD, online lecturer of cybersecurity & computer science at Rider University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cybersecurity and computer science education.

With over 30 years of experience to her credit, Dr. Hawthorne has excelled as an online lecturer of cybersecurity and computer science at Rider University since 2020. She began her career as the director of instructional technology at Lehigh Carbon Community College from 1991 to 1994. She worked as a cybersecurity education consultant at the National CyberWatch Center of Prince George’s County, Maryland from 2017 to 2019. She served as senior professor of computer science/cybersecurity at Union County College from 1994 to 2020. In addition to these postings, she has found success as a tour boat captain in southwest Florida for many years.

Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Hawthorne pursued an education at Rider University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in computer & decision science and management science in 1985. She continued her academic efforts at Kean University, obtaining a master’s degree in management information systems in 1990. At Nova Southeastern University, she graduated with a PhD in computer and information systems security in 2006. She is currently pursuing post-doctorate studies in cyber investigations and digital forensics. Additionally, she holds a sailing certification.

Beyond her responsibilities within the field, Dr. Hawthorne has participated in numerous endeavors outside of her professional circles. She contributed to “Rendering History: The Women of ACM-W,” which is to be published soon. She has served as principal investigator for a National Science Foundation Grant since 2023. She has held executive and leadership roles with Women in CyberSecurity, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Computer Science Accreditation Board, and volunteers with the American Red Cross.

In light of her impressive undertakings, Dr. Hawthorne has accrued several accolades throughout her career. She was presented with the Total Shock Total Surprise Advocacy Award from Women in CyberSecurity in 2023 for her 30 years of advocating for women to join the cybersecurity field, and considers this to be her most notable achievement. She was recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery as a Distinguished Educator in 2015 and recipient of the Outstanding Service Award in 2013. In the immediate future, her intention is to continue advocating for women in cybersecurity. She also aims to continue being a collegiate educator and making a difference in society.

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