profile – Elizabeth K. Hawthorne

Senior Professor of Computer Science

Chair of the ACM Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (CCECC)

Union County College

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Elizabeth K. Hawthorne is a Senior Professor of Computer Science at Union County College in Cranford, NJ with a passion for cybersecurity education, especially in attracting young women to the field. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship program in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigations from the University of Maryland University College. During the summer of 2013, Beth was selected as one of ten faculty nationwide to participate in a cybersecurity research program at NYU-Polytechnic in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, she holds the professional certifications of Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE).

Beth enjoys serving on the ACM-W Council and chairs the Community College Connections committee. In addition to ACM-W, she is actively engaged in many ACM activities, serving as Chair of the ACM Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges ( and as a member of the ACM Education Council. She is a member of the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the ACM special interests groups SIGCSE and SIGCAS. Beth is also a featured columnist for ACM Inroad (, authoring each quarter the Community College Corner. She has made numerous presentations locally, nationally and internationally about cybersecurity education, women in computing, and community college computing programs.

In 2010, Beth was appointed to the ACM/IEEE CS2013 Steering Committee, where she served on the subcommittee that created a new knowledge area in Information Assurance and Security. She also was responsible for coordinating the review and revision of the Social Issues and Professional Practice knowledge area. In 2012, SIGCAS awarded Beth the Outstanding Service Award for her contributions to the CS2013 curricular guidelines in social issues and professional practice –

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