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Purdue University
Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security

Melissa Dark

CERIAS Fellow

Title

W.C. Furnas Professor in the College of Technology 

Office

KNOY 289 

Office Phone

(765) 494-4545 

Email

Education

Fellow 2008-2009 Purdue University, Study in a Second Discipline, Political Science and Economics
Ph.D. 2000 Purdue University, Curriculum and Instruction, Specialization,
Program Assessment and Evaluation
M.S. 1993 Purdue University, Instructional Research and Development,
Specialization: Measurement and Evaluation
B.A. 1983 Purdue University, Foreign Language Education and Communications
 

Prior Appointments

2009-2012 Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Research, College of Technology, Purdue University
2007-present Professor, Computer and Information Technology, College of Technology, Purdue University
2000-present Assistant Director for Educational Programs, Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), Purdue University
2003-2009 Assistant Dean for Strategic Planning and Research, College of Technology, Purdue University
2003-2007 Associate Professor, Computer and Information Technology, College of Technology, Purdue University
2005-2006 Interim Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Technology, Purdue University
2003-2005 Research Scientist, Arxan Technologies, Research Scientist
2001-2002 Research Scientist, The Evaluation Center, Western Michigan
1996-2000 Assistant Director, Midwest Center for Advanced Manufacturing Education, School of Technology, Purdue University 

Research Areas

Instructional Research and Development, Educational Measurement and Evaluation, Educational Technology, Program Evaluation, Educational Capacity Building, Short and Long Term Retention of Knowledge, Short and Long Term Transfer of Training, Post-Secondary Education, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Training, Information Security 

Key Areas

Security Awareness, Education, Training 

Notable Experience

Led regional and national faculty and curriculum development projects that improve the capacity of our educational infrastructure to provide educational programs in new and emerging areas, such as Information Assurance. Leading an initiative to develop the common body of knowledge in Information Assurance, which is not yet a discipline. Also leading a faculty development project that will train 75 faculty in information assurance so that they can start IA programs at their home institutions. Overseeing the development of an online digital repository of educational materials in information assurance and security that will be available to educators nationwide. Also oversees the development of multimedia information security training products designed for business and industry. 

Notable Awards

2010 W.C. Furnas Professor of Technology, Purdue University
2008 Study in a Second Discipline Fellowship, Purdue University
2006 Seeds for Success, Purdue University
2006 Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
2005 Outstanding Tenured Faculty, Computer and Information
Technology Department, Purdue University
2004 Outstanding Tenured Faculty, Computer and Information
Technology Department, Purdue University
2004 Seeds for Success, Purdue University
 

Publications

Dark, M. (2010). Data breach disclosure: A policy analysis. In M. Dark (Ed.) Information Assurance and Security Ethics in Complex Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, IGI Global: Hershey, PA. ISBN 978-1-61692-245-0.
Goldschmidt, C., Dark, M., and Chaudhry, H. (2010). Responsibility for the harm and risk of software security flaws. In M. Dark (Ed.) Information Assurance and Security Ethics in Complex Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, IGI Global: Hershey, PA. ISBN 978-1-61692-245-0.
Dark, M. (Ed.). (2010). Information Assurance and Security Ethics in Complex Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, IGI Global, Hershey, PA.
Cooper, S., Nickell, C., Piotrowski, V., Oldfield, B., Abdallah, A., Bishop, M., Caelli, B., Dark, M., Hawthorne, E. K., Hoffman, L., Pérez, L. C., Pfleeger, C., Raines, R., Schou, C., and Brynielsson, J. (2010). An exploration of the current state of information assurance education. SIGCSE Bulletin, 41(4), pp. 109-125.
Farahmand, F., Dark, M., Liles, S. and Sorge, B. (2009). Risk perceptions of information security: A measurement study. Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 462-469.
Dyehouse, M., Bennett, D., Harbor, J., Childress, A., & Dark, M. (2009). A comparison of linear and systems thinking approaches for program evaluation illustrated using the Indiana Interdisciplinary GK-12. Evaluation and Program Planning, 32(5), pp. 187-196.
Dark, M., Rebow, M., & Coyle, E. (2009). How to establish a transatlantic collaborative research framework, INTED, Valencia, Spain, pp. 12.
Dark, M., Goldman, J., Hacker, T., Marshall, B., & Smith, A. (2009). Dark web patterns. Poster. Proceedings of the WebSci 2009: Society Online Conference, Athens, Greece.
Riskowski, J, Davis, C. Wee, B. Dark, M., & Harbor, J. (2009). Exploring the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary water resources engineering module in an eighth grade science course, International Journal of Engineering Education, 25(1). 181-195.
Dondera, R., Jia, C., Popescu, V., Nita-Rotaru, C., Dark, M., & York, C. (2008). Virtual classroom extension for effective distance education. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. January/February 2008, pp 32-42.
Dark, M., York, C., Yang, D., Popescu, P., & Nita-Rotaru, C. (2008). A pilot study on the design effectiveness of a new distance learning system. American Association of Educational Research 2008.
Rigby, S., Dark, M., Ekstrom, J., Rogers, M. (2008). Measuring conceptual understanding: A case study. Proceedings of the 9th conference on Information Technology Education, Cincinnati, OH.
Dark, M., & Bishop, M. (2008). Evaluating the efficacy of software security curriculum exercises. Faculty Workshop on Secure Software Development, Orlando, FL.
Harbor, J., Dark, M., Bennett, D., & Davis Todd, C. (2007). Interdisciplinary GK-12 teams working with middle school science and math in rural Indiana. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
York, C., Yang, D., & Dark, M. (2007). Transitioning from face-to-face to online instruction: How to increase presence and cognitive / social interaction in an online Information Security Risk Assessment class. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education. Vol. 3 (2). 42-52.
Dark, M., Epstein, R., Morales, L., Countermine, T., Yuan, Q., Ali, M., Rose, M., Harter, N. (2007). A pedagogical framework for ethical development (507-512). Encyclopedia of Information Ethics and Security. Information Science Reference: Hershey, PA. ISBN: 978-1-59140-987-8.
Rigby, S., Dark, M., Ekstrom, J., & Rogers, M. (2007). Preparing IAS graduates to recognize and manage complexity. Proceedings of the 8th conference on Information Technology Education, Sandestin, FL.
Dark, M., York, C., Popescu, V., & Nita-Rotaru, C. (2007). Evaluating interactivity and presence in an online distance learning system. Frontiers in Education, Milwaukee, WI.
Dark, M., & McPherson, C. (2007). Privacy perceptions in public education (289-298). Proceedings of the Human Computer Interface International Conference, Beijing, China. Springer-Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-540-73353-9.
Nita-Rotaru, C., Dark, M., & Popescu, V. (2007). A multi-expertise, application-driven class (119-123). Proceedings of the 38th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Covington, Kentucky. ISBN:1-59593-361-1.
Farahmand, F., Spafford, E., & Dark, M. (2007). Perceptions of information security risks and implications for public policy. Fourth Annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective. College Park, MD.
Dark, M., & Manigault, C. (2006). Creating open-ended problems for STEM courses using information assurance and security themes. Information Assurance Symposium. Albany, NY. 66-71.
Dark, M., & Bailey, G. (2006). Information security risk analysis: Model courseware. Information Assurance Symposium. Albany, NY. 61-65.
Rose, M., & Dark, M. (2006). Use of a flexible learning object architecture to teach computer forensics. TLT Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. 1-4.
Ekstrom, J., Dark, M., Lunt, B., & Reichgelt, H. (2006). A research agenda for information technology: Does research literature already exist? (19-24) Proceedings of the 7th conference on Information Technology Education, Minneapolis, MN. ISBN:1-59593-521-5.
Dark, M., & Manigault, C. (2006). Creating open-ended problems for STEM courses and diverse learners using information assurance and security themes. 4th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: EISTA ’06. Orlando. FL. 109-115.
Rigby, S., & Dark, M. (2006). Designing a flexible, multipurpose remote lab for the IT curriculum. Proceedings of the ACM SIGITE 2006 Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dark, M., Ekstrom, J., & Lunt, B. (2006). Experience implementing IT2005 IAS curriculum into existing programs. Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. Adelphi, Maryland. 144-149.
Dark, M., Epstein, R., Morales, L., Countermine, T., Yuan, Q., Ali, M., Rose, M., Harter, N. (2006). A framework for information security ethics education. Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. Adelphi, Maryland. 109-115.
Ekstrom, J., Dark, M., Lunt, B. (2006). Implementation of information assurance and security in existing IT curricula. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education. Chicago, IL. 1-7.
Dark, M. (2006). Jackie Adams: Case Study #1. In P. Ertmer & J. Quinn (Eds). The ID Casebook: Case Studies in Instructional Design (3rd ed.). Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-171705-7.
Dark, M. (2006). Jackie Adams: Case Study #2. In P. Ertmer & J. Quinn (Eds). The ID Casebook: Case Studies in Instructional Design (3rd ed.). Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-171705-7.
Ekstrom, J., Dark, M., Lunt, B. (2006). Integration of information assurance into the IT2005 model curriculum. Journal of Information Technology Education. Vol. 5. 389-402.
Dark, M., Harter, N., Ludlow, G., & Falk, C. (2006). Ethical attributes in computing and computing education: An exploratory study. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society. Vol. 4 (2). 67-75.
Rigby, S., & Dark, M. (2006). Using outcomes-based assessment data to improve assessment and instruction: A case study. SIGITE Newsletter. Vol. 3 (1). 10-16.
Lee, H., Dark, M., & Chen, K. (2005). Incorporating ethics into management information systems curriculum in business schools. Issues in Information Systems, Vol. IV (1). 360-364.
Dark, M., Garcia, M., Ghansah, I., Yuan, Q., Shing, C., and Chen, J. (2005). Faculty development: What works and what doesn’t. In Proceedings of SecureIT. San Diego, CA. 1-4.
Dark, M. (2005). Security training, education, and awareness from a human performance technology point of view (86-104). In M. Whitman and H. Mattord (Eds). Readings and Cases in the Management of Information Security, Thomson Course Technologies. ISBN 0-619-21627-1.
Dark, M., Ekstrom, J., & Lund, B. (2005). Integration of information assurance and security into the IT2005 model curriculum. Proceedings of the ACM SIGITE 2005 Conference. Newark, NJ. 7-14.
Dark, M., Garcia, M., Yuan, Q., Ghansah, I., Chen, J. Lee, H., & Shing, C. (2005). Adaptation of a state of the art computer forensics course. Proceedings of the International Conference for Young Computer Scientists. Beijing, China. 120-123.
Dark, M., Justice, C., & Morales, L. (2005). A methodology for developing and disseminating curriculum resource material in information security. Proceedings of the 9th Colloquium for Information Systems Security, Atlanta, GA. 86-92.
Dark, M. & Winstead, J. (2005). Using Educational Theory and Moral Psychology to Inform the Teaching of Ethics in Computing. Proceedings of the 2005 Association for Computing Machinery Information Security Curriculum Development Conference. Kennesaw, GA. 27-31.
Yang, D., & Dark, M. (2005). A service learning project of information security risk assessment for K12 school corporations. In Proceedings of Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference, Phoenix, AZ. 1672-1677.
Dark, M. (2004). Civic Responsibility and Information Security: An Information Security Management, Service Learning Course, Proceedings of the 2004 Association for Computing Machinery Information Security Curriculum Development Conference, Kennesaw, GA. 15-19.
Dark, M. (2004). Assessing Student Performance Outcomes in an Information Security Risk Assessment, Service Learning Course. Proceedings of the 2004 Association for Computing Machinery SIGITE Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. 73-78.
Dark, M., Ghafarian, A., & Yu, J. (2004). Integrating Ethical and Social Issues into the Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculum Using Case-Based Instruction. Poster at the 2004 Association of Computing Machinery Computer Science Education Annual Conference.
Dark, M. (2003). Evaluation theory and practice as applied to security education (197-214). In C. Irvine and H. Armstrong (Eds). Security Education and Critical Infrastructures. Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN:1-4020-7478-6.
Dark, M. (2003). A models and modeling perspective on skills for the high performance workplace. (279-296). In R. Lesh & H. Doerr (Eds.), Beyond Constructivism: A Models and Modeling Perspective on Mathematics Teaching, Learning, and Problem Solving. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: Hillsdale, NJ. ISBN 0-8058-3822-8.
Dark, M. (2003). Evaluation. (285-290). In A. Kovalchic & K. Dawson (Eds.), Educational Technology: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA. ISBN 1-57607-351-3.
Dark, M. (2003). Knowledge management. (389-392). In A. Kovalchic & K. Dawson (Eds.), Educational Technology: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA. ISBN 1-57607-351-3.
Rose, M. & Dark, M. (2003). Just-in-time training. (382-388). In A. Kovalchic & K. Dawson (Eds.), Educational Technology: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA. ISBN 1-57607-351-3.
Dark, M. (2003). Teaching with technology features. In. R. Slavin, Educational Psychology (7th Ed.). Allyn & Bacon, New York. ISBN 0-205-29270-4.
Dark, M. (2003). Jackie Adams: Case Study #1. In P. Ertmer & J. Quinn (Eds). The ID Casebook: Case Studies in Instructional Design (2nd ed.). Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-094321-5.
Dark, M. (2003). Jackie Adams: Case Study #2. In P. Ertmer & J. Quinn (Eds). The ID Casebook: Case Studies in Instructional Design (2nd ed.). Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-094321-5.
Dark, M. & Davis, J. (2003). Defining a Curriculum Framework in Information Assurance and Security. Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Nashville, TN. 1-6.
Dark, M., Raskin, V., & Spafford, E. (2003). The educational mission of CERIAS: Multidisciplinary information assurance and security education from cradle to grave. National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Washington, DC.
Davis, J. & Dark, M. (2003). A Curriculum Framework for the Emerging Discipline of Information Assurance. Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering North Midwest Regional Conference, Ames, IA. 1-6.
Davis, J., & Dark, M. (2003). Teaching students to design secure systems. IEEE Security & Privacy, March/April 2003. 56-58.
Dark, M. (2003). An overview of evaluation theory and practice as applied to information security education. Proceedings of the Third World Information Security Education Conference, Monterey, CA. 18-24.
Dark, M., & Davis, J. (2002). Report on information assurance curriculum development. Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education Proceedings, Redmond, WA. 1-16.
Dark, M., Ghafarian, A., Saheb, M.A., & Yu, J. (2002). Information Ethics and Social Issues in the Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculum, Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education Proceedings, Redmond, WA. 87-92.
Dark, M., & Holsman, R.H. (2002). Development of an evaluation checklist for communicating about environmental education. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, Vol. 1 (3), 183-191.
Dark, M., & Holsman, R.H. (2001). Communicating about environmental education: Preaching beyond the choir. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference Proceedings, Little Rock, AK. 19-24.
Dark, M., Choy, D., & Johnson, T. (2001). Learning anytime anyplace: A professional development certification model for distributed information security education. Poster Session, Topics on Distance Learning Conference. June, 2001.
Dark, M. (2001). A profile of information security training needs on university campuses. EduCause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Proceedings, Baltimore, MD. 1-22.
Dark, M., & Depew, D.R. (1998). Improving the quality of student learning with faculty and curriculum development. International Technology Educators Association Annual Conference Proceedings, Dallas, TX. 47-52.
Dark, M., & Depew, D.R. (1998). Creating a competitive edge with faculty and curriculum development. American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Seattle, WA. 1-7.