Dr. Diane Lesser

Dr. Diane Lesser



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Dr. Diane Lesser's Faculty Website

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University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Ph.D. in Health Education, 1984, Concentration in health education and counseling.

Salisbury State University, Salisbury, Maryland. M.Ed. 1980, Concentration in counseling.

Salisbury State University, Salisbury, Maryland. B.A. in Liberal Studies, 1978. Concentration in health education. Graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Licensed Professional Counselor by the Maryland Board of Examiners, 1990-present.

Work Experience

Dean, General Education at Wor-Wic Community College. Responsible to the Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs. Duties included supervision of the Arts and Humanities, Emergency Medical Services, Human Services (chemical dependency counseling and education) and Mathematics/Science departments, the media centers, child development center, developmental education, honors program, instructional technology and webmaster. January 1997 - 2010. Awarded Dean Emeritus status, 2010.

Department Head, General Studies at Wor-Wic Community College. Responsible to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Duties included responsibility for the General Education, Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Developmental programs, supervising eleven full-time and forty part-time faculty, scheduling classes, budgeting, and teaching. June 1992 - January 1997.

Acting Assistant to the Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs at Wor-Wic Community College. Duties included responsibility for collecting data and writing state reports, scheduling classes college-wide, grant writing, coordinating the academic calendar, college catalog, and program development. January 1991 - January 1996.

Professor, Social Sciences at Wor-Wic Community College. Duties included teaching classes in psychology, sociology, and counseling, coordinating the Chemical Dependency Counseling program, developing courses, providing academic assistance to part-time faculty, serving on college committees, and Faculty Council (Vice-President, 1988-89; President, 1989-90). September 1987 - January 1997.

Personal Counseling and Consultation, private practice. January 1987 - 1998.

Clinical Director at New Beginnings Family Center. Responsible to director. Duties included directing clinical services for outpatient drug/alcohol treatment program, supervising counselors, counseling, conducting public relations. September 1986 -January 1987.

Director, Health Education at Salisbury State University. Responsible to Dean of Students office for overall health education on campus. Duties included educating about health and health issues, counseling, developing policies, supervising peer health educators, serving on the crisis management team, developing programs. September 1984 - July 1986.

Counselor for Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Salisbury Clinic. Responsible to clinic director. Duties included counseling, interviewing, assisting in volunteer training, fiscal management, public relations, laboratory testing, relief director. March 1979 - August 1986.

Instructor part-time for Salisbury State University. Taught Human Sexuality. Summer, 1986.

Instructor part-time for Wor-Wic Community College. Taught classes in crisis intervention and communication. 1981 - 1983.

Community Services / Committees

In the past, I have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity on a building crew, the Life Crisis Center and the League of Women Voters.


Career and Technology Education Award of Excellence presented by Maryland State Department of Education, 1991.

Director's Award for outstanding contributions made in the development of the Life Crisis Center, 1985.


(2000). Effect of class size, grades given, and academic field on student opinion of instruction. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 24.

(Winter 1991). Film use to increase aids knowledge and decrease risk-taking sexual behavior of college students. MACHA News, 10(1).

(May 1990). The effectiveness of personalizing acquaintance rape prevention programs on perception of vulnerability and on reducing risk-taking behavior. Journal of College Student Development, 31.

(1988). Sexual aggression and victimization: A local perspective, Response, 11(3).


Professional presentations conducted at local, state, and regional, national and international conferences in the areas of program development, counseling, and various health issues.