Faculty and Staff

Nadine Shillingford, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Computer Science and Data Science
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Data Science

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Notre Dame
M.S., Software Engineering, Andrews University
B.S., Computer Information Systems, Andrews University

Nadine Shillingford, Ph.D., joined Meharry SACS in January 2023 as associate professor, computer science and data science. In July 2023, she was named chair of the Computer Science and Data Science Department. She holds extensive academic experience and has held several security engineering roles in retail, health care and other industries. She most recently served as senior security engineer, project manager, chief diversity advocate at Stage 2 Security.

Dr. Shillingford is passionate about working with data and is a Splunk MVP member and a Splunk architect. She is well versed in the design, implementation, configuration and troubleshooting of Splunk deployments for large-scale retail, health care and security systems. She also has a special interest in using Splunk for social impact. She is the author of the book Data Analytics with Splunk 9.x, which is available for purchase on Amazon.

Her career includes significant diversity initiatives. In academia, Dr. Shillingford participated in multiple outreach programs with the goal to encourage females and other underrepresented groups to pursue STEM careers. Her current work focuses on recreating the data visualizations of Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois using modern data visualization technologies, bringing recognition to the infamous social scientist and his contributions to the study of African Americans and data science.

She is also an artist who works mainly in charcoal and mixed media and her portfolio can be found at charcoalatte.com.

Research Interests

  • Cybersecurity Education
  • Data Visualization
  • Intersection of Data Science and African-American Studies