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Marilyn M. Lombardi
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Marilyn M. Lombardi, PhD

Director, Center of Nursing Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (CONCEPT)

  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Lombardi is Associate Professor and Director of the Center of Nursing Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (CONCEPT) at the Duke University School of Nursing. She has a unique background that combines teaching experience, expertise in educational principles and outcomes measurement, success as a researcher, and extensive work with employing leading-edge technologies in support of educational and scholarly innovation.

    In previous positions as Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Center at Duke University, Duke University Senior IT Strategist and ISIS Senior Research Scholar, and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Scholar-in-Residence, she provided strategic perspective on national trends in academic technology, built multi-institutional coalitions, and wrote a number of white papers on transformative learning practices in higher education.

    As a former associate professor of English turned Internet entrepreneur and university strategist, Marilyn has made cross-disciplinary collaboration the hallmark of her professional agenda for many years. Much of her research activity has focused on the realization of a 3D "metamedium" for deeply collaborative digital scholarship, learning and discovery based on a scalable, open-source architecture. She has also served as a member of the advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Humanities grant program in Digital Humanities Scholarship, and was awarded a planning grant from the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure and NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science to enlist thought leaders from across the diverse human-computer interaction research community in the development of a coordinated vision and set of strategic recommendations for the future of human-computer interaction in support of 21st century discovery. In addition, she played a leadership role in a Kauffman Foundation planning initiative aimed at developing and disseminating a robust infrastructure for the assessment of learning within virtual worlds.

    Her recent publications include a chapter in Online Worlds: Convergence of the Real and the Virtual (Springer-Verlag, 2009) as well as a contribution to the Carnegie Foundation book Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge (MIT Press, 2008). A former associate professor of English, she is also the author of a book, The Body and the Song: Elizabeth Bishop's Poetics; an edited volume, Elizabeth Bishop: The Geography of Gender; and numerous articles in scholarly publications.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    Master of Science in Nursing Program
    Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


    PhDUniversity of California, Los Angeles
    MAUniversity of California, Los Angeles

    Research Interests

    Research interests include:
    ● Human-computer interaction, specifically human-centered computing
    ● Educational technology, with emphasis on the strategic use of information technology in support of teaching and learning)
    ● Cyberinfrastructure for teaching, learning, and assessment
    ● Emerging collaboration technologies, with emphasis on virtual worlds and simulation-based learning technologies for teaching and learning