Tamara Shoemaker

Tamara Shoemaker

Director, Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies

Tamara Shoemaker
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs Building
Phone: 313-993-1053
Tamara Shoemaker


  • B.A., University of Detroit Mercy


Tamara Shoemaker serves as the Director of University of Detroit Mercy's Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies. Since she became Director in 2015, Shoemaker has led the Center's strategic planning, project development and event planning initiatives with stakeholders in government, academia, industry and law enforcement.

Since 2004, when the Center first received designation as a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, Shoemaker was making decisions to focus both nationally and internationally, to establish critical relationships, underwrite resourcing and grant funding. She makes it a priority to ensure enhanced opportunities for students while increasing awareness and recognition of Detroit Mercy’s programs.

Shoemaker’s leadership also plays a critical role in CAE program compliance in the areas of cyber outreach and inter-institutional collaboration, community outreach, student engagement and support to the CAE community.

As part of the NSA’s mandate for its CAEs to establish relationships outside the institution, Shoemaker served for six years as the operations manager for the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) and she founded the Midwest Chapter of the Colloquium (MCISSE). The latter organization was developed to provide leadership, as well as a forum to promote continuous advancement of cybersecurity education in the upper Midwest.

To fulfill a novel and unique aspect of the CAE’s community outreach role, Tamara organized cybersecurity boot camps and vigorously promoted the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program—a national youth cyber education program created to direct middle and high-school students. students toward careers in cybersecurity and STEM disciplines. In that respect, Tamara was responsible for the substantial growth of the CyberPatriot Program in Michigan. Her personal leadership in obtaining grants and in finding mentors and coaches for the student teams, has caused participation in the CyberPatriot to increase from four summer camps in the first year to 182 teams in 2019.

Shoemaker is an ardent advocate of the Center and of Detroit Mercy cybersecurity programs. She encourages students of all ages to become excited about cybersecurity as a field to explore and as a career to explore.