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Dr. Diana Burley

Professor, Human and Organizational Learning
Phone: 703-726-3761

Areas of Expertise

Cybersecurity education and workforce development, Social Informatics (Impact of IT- enabled change on individuals, organizations and society), Knowledge management 


Diana L. Burley is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University. She is a nationally recognized cybersecurity workforce expert and also has published extensively on public sector IT use, knowledge management and information sharing. Prior to GW, she served as a Program Officer at The National Science Foundation where she managed a multi-million dollar computer science education and research portfolio and led the CyberCorps program. Based on her work at NSF, Dr. Burley was honored by the Federal Chief Information Officers Council and the Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education for outstanding efforts toward the development of the federal cyber security workforce.

In 2014, Dr. Burley was named one of the top ten influencers in information security careers by Careers Info Security magazine. She has been twice appointed (2012, 2013) to the Virginia General Assembly Joint Commission on Technology & Science (JCOTS) Cyber Security Advisory Committee and served as co-Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee “Professionalizing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce.” She is the recipient of numerous NSF awards including PI of the Executive Cyber Corps program, and Research CoPI of the $5 million National CyberWatch Center.

Dr. Burley serves as an elected member of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) executive committee; adviser to Careers Info Security magazine; the Advanced Mobility Academic Research Center, and the AlphaTech Group - a cybersecurity, big data and analytics business consortium; and on the Goodwill Industries International Board of Directors. She holds a BA in Economics from the Catholic University of America; an M.S. in Public Management and Policy, an M.S. in Organization Science, and a Ph.D. in Organization Science & Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow in Public Policy.


Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D.    1998   Organization Science and Information Technology

M.S.      1995   Organization Science

M.S.      1992   Public Management and Policy

The Catholic University of America

BA       1990  Economics


National Research Council. Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2013. (Co-chairs: Diana L. Burley, Seymour E. Goodman)

Ford, V., S. Swayze, and D. Burley. 2013. An exploratory investigation of the relationship between disengagement, exhaustion, and turnover intention among IT professions employed at a university. Information Resources Management Journal, 26, 3.

Brown, S., A. Denis, D. Burley, and P. Arling. 2013. Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Management System Avoidance: The Role of Knowledge Type and the Social Network in Bypassing an Organizational Knowledge Management System. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64, 10.

Hoffman, L., D. Burley, and C. Toregas. March/April 2012. “Holistically Building the Cybersecurity Workforce.” IEEE Security and Privacy, 10, 2.

Burley, D., C. Gnam, R. Newman, H. Straker. T. Babies.  2012. “Leveraging Higher Education Consortia for Institutional Advancement.” International Journal of Education Management.

Burley, D. and M. Bishop. June 2011. Final Report: Summit of Education in Secure Software. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Burley, D. 2011. Recruiting, Educating, and Retaining Cyber Security Professionals in the Federal Workforce: Lessons Learned but not yet Applied. The George Washington University Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute.

Burley, D., I. Guzman, G. Pandit. 2010. Will They Stay? Turnover Intensions of Future Federal Cyber Corps Members. Proceedings of the 2010 ACM SIGMIS Computing Personnel Research Conference.

Burley, D. 2010. Information Visualization as a Knowledge Integration ToolJournal of Knowledge Management Practice, 11, 4.

Burley, D. 2010. Penguin Life: An ethnographic study of emergent social behavior inside Club PenguinJournal of Virtual Worlds Research, 3, 2.

Burley, D. 2009. Negotiation and Consensus Building in Synthetic Worlds, in Working Through Synthetic Worlds, C. Smith, W. Kisiel, Jeffrey G. Morrison (Eds.).  London: Ashgate.