Driven by her belief that research can result in the improvement of a person, group, or mankind in general, Prof. Diane M. Falk has thrived in her long and illustrious career in journalism and publishing. She has a great mind for the field; she knows just the right questions to ask to get to the bottom of a matter, and genuinely wants to get to know people. Prof. Falk chose to channel her abilities into writing because she feels it’s essential to record the legacy, perspective, ideas, and accomplishments of the times. To help her achieve her goals, she completed coursework in astrophysics, social science, French, and Spanish, and earned both a Bachelor of Arts in English and international literature and a Master of Library Science in interdisciplinary research studies and journalism from Columbia University.
Since then, Prof. Falk has accrued more than 40 years of experience. Her first professional position was features writer at News World Communications, Inc., followed by document analyst at the United Nations Certified Transnational Corps, document analyst and research librarian at Atlantis Energy and Minerals (now Atlantis Energy), bibliographical enhancement text editor for the New York Times Information Service, Inc., cataloger at the Exxon Education Foundation, and fact-checker and indexer at the H.W. Wilson & Company (now EBSCO Industries, Inc.). She then obtained roles like research information specialist at Harkavy Information Service, research librarian and research information specialist at News World Communications, Inc., bibliographical organizer at The Rockefeller Foundation, professor of English at Howard University, lecturer at the Unification Thought Institute, and outreach specialist at East-West Communications, Inc. The highlight of Prof. Falk’s career, however, was joining The World & I: The Magazine for Lifelong Learners (now The World & I Online) in 1986. During her 20 years there, she served as a website education program associate, an editorial research specialist, the head librarian, and the director of research. She now lends her expertise to her peers as a freelance research specialist and consultant.
Prof. Falk’s hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. She notably won numerous awards from the International Federal for World Peace (now the Universal Peace Federation) and certificates of appreciation from the chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee at the District of Columbia Library Association, as well as a corporate award from the Washington Times Corporation (now The Washington Times, LLC) and an Ambassador of Peace Award. Additionally, she was honored with inclusion in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
In her spare time, Prof. Falk enjoys traveling, photography, music, theater, and collecting research archives. She also likes to be active in her community. She is currently a volunteer for the Ambassadors for Peace Seminars through the Universal Peace Federation, a conference coordinator and consultant for the Women’s Federation for World Peace, the secretary of the D.C. Chapter of the Women’s Federation for World Peace, and a staff volunteer for International Leadership Seminars, among other positions.