Who's Who of Professional Women


Judith Norback

Accruing 46 years of industry experience to her credit, Judith Shaul Norback, PhD, cared about identifying the communications skills in people, and helping them to improve and be better. She began her professional career as an instructor of psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1973, remaining in this position for two years before transferring to Princeton University in New Jersey from 1976 to 1979, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1981 and 1986, and Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, from 1986 to 1987. She then served as a systems programmer at the McGraw-Hill Company from 1981 to 1983 and the Princeton University Computer Center from 1983 to 1986. Today, Dr. Norback is a research associate at the Educational Testing Service since 1987.

Prior to the start of her career, Dr. Norback pursued a formal education at Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1975. She then attended Princeton University, where she attained a Master of Arts in 1977 and a PhD in 1979. A prolific writer, Dr. Norback authored five books, “The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Yearbook/Directory” in 1979, “The Sourcebook of Family Planning and Family Counseling” and “The Sourcebook of Aid for the Mentally and Physically Handicapped” in 1983, “The Complete Guide to Computer Careers” in 1987 and “Hazardous Chemicals on File” in 1988. She also co-authored the “Human Resources Yearbook” in 1989, as well as contributed myriad articles to professional journals.

Outside of her primary trade, Dr. Norback maintains involvement with numerous organizations related to her field. She is affiliated with the American Psychological Association, the Mensa Association, the Princeton Graduate Alumni, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society of Professional Communication, the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Additionally, Dr. Norback is a life member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society and sings with the church choir at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

In light of her exceptional undertakings, Dr. Norback was awarded the Best Paper Award by the IE Division of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2003. Likewise, she was honored as Cornell University’s Senior of the Year by the Motorboard Honorary Society and is an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Dr. Norback was also selected for inclusion in the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, the 21st edition of Who’s Who in the East, the 66th edition of Who’s Who in America, and the eighth and ninth editions of Who’s Who in the World.

When the undergraduates that Dr. Norback has helped in her career thank her for the work she has done with them, that is always a highlight to her career. It gives her a sense of purpose and fulfillment in her work. Dr. Norback cares about identifying the communications skills in people, and helping them to improve and be better.

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