Davina Pruitt-Mentle serves as Director for Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach (ETPRO).Her primary responsibilities include providing professional development opportunities for educators through workshops and graduate courses, many of which are run online, and overseeing grant initiatives and research projects that advance effective learning and teaching through technology integration. Her research and development interests have focused on the role of distance learning in education, particularly cultivating the Internet as an environment in which to conduct professional development (PD) opportunities, cultural differences towards technology use, and educators and students’ knowledge of Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity (C3®).
Davina has extensive experience in the research, development and delivery of educational media, including computer software, multimedia, distance learning and print materials. She presently serves on the Maryland State Technology Plan Advisory Committee, the Maryland TL8 Advisory Council, National Cyber Security Alliance Education Committee, and directs the K-12 initiatives of the CyberWATCH Regional Center. In 2006 she was appointed to serve on the PK-20 Maryland Committee on Library Information Literacy and Ethical Use. She has a three year ISTE NCATE Program Review Board appointment.
Davina has served as faculty lecturer within the College of Education at UMCP since 2001. She served as Director of Educational Technology Outreach within the College of Education at UMCP from 2001-2007.