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Paul Resnick to take on expanded role at UMSI

Friday, 08/19/2022

A headshot of Paul Resnick

Paul Resnick has accepted an expanded position with a new title as associate dean for research and innovation for the University of Michigan School of Information. Interim Dean Elizabeth Yakel announced the position today; it is pending approval by the provost and the Board of Regents. Resnick, the Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Information, has served as UMSI’s associate dean for research and faculty affairs since 2015. 

“I have worked with Paul as co-associate dean for more than five years, and we have been colleagues at UMSI for two decades,” says Yakel. “I know of no one else who has such a fine mind to clearly see the gist of a problem and to create an atmosphere for generating diverse solutions. His insight and empathy are what is needed at this moment, too, as we move to the next level in our online educational presence."

In addition to his current duties overseeing the UMSI research office and fostering the intellectual environment at the school, Resnick will be responsible for UMSI's online offerings and SI Computing. These online offerings include the Master of Applied Data Science degree program and the massive open online courses (called MOOCs) offered through the school. 

“In recent years, UMSI has opened new frontiers in online education, expanding the global reach and the scale of our educational offerings,” says Resnick. “I look forward to continued experimentation with technologies and development of UMSI's partnerships in delivery of these programs.”

Paul Resnick is the Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Information, the associate dean for research and innovation, and director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility. He was a pioneer in the field of recommender systems; the GroupLens system he helped develop was awarded the 2010 ACM Software Systems Award. He also did some of the earliest work on online reputation systems, both documenting their promise for incentivizing good behavior and the limits of their effectiveness when it is easy for people to create new accounts. His 2012 book (co-authored with Robert Kraut) is Building Successful Online Communities: Evidence-based Social Design. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and master's and PhD degrees from MIT.