Administration

Thomas A. Finholt
Interim Dean, School of Information

Tom Finholt

Thomas A. Finholt is a professor at the School of Information and the interim dean.

Finholt's research focuses on the design, deployment, and use of cyberinfrastructure in science and engineering. His recent work has focused on the development of NEESgrid, the collaboratory component of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. In addition, Finholt is the co-founder of the Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work and the Center for Information Technology Integration. He was also a co-developer of the world's first operational collaboratory, the Upper Atmospheric Research Collaboratory, which was a finalist in the science category for the 1998 Smithsonian/Computerworld awards. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Swarthmore College and a PhD in social and decision science at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Elizabeth Yakel
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Elizabeth Yakel is a professor at the School of Information and the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she teaches in the Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information specializations.

Her research interests include use and users of archival materials and the development of standardized metrics to enhance repository processes and as a result the user experience. A current research project is “Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse” (http://dipir.org) where she is studying data reuse and digital preservation of research data in three academic communities: quantitative social scientists, archaeologists, and zoologists. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the goal of this research is to identify the significant properties that support both preservation of the bits as well as the preservation of meaning over time.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an AMLS and PhD from the  University of Michigan.

Paul Resnick
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

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Paul Resnick is the Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Information and the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs.

His current projects include nudging people toward politically balanced news consumption and health behavior change, crowdsourcing rumor tracking and fact-correction on the Internet, and social media monitoring. He was a pioneer in the field of recommender systems. The GroupLens system he helped develop was awarded the 2010 ACM Software Systems Award. His 2012 MIT Press book (co-authored with Robert Kraut), is titled 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.

Judy Lawson
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs 

Judy Lawson

Judy Lawson oversees all operational aspects of the school for students and curriculum. Previous to this appointment, she was the director of the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at UMSI.

She began her career at the University of Michigan Career Center, where she served as assistant director of internship services and senior assistant director of recruitment services. She is the 2008 recipient of the university's Outstanding Leadership Award. She is co-author of The New Information Professional: Your Guide to Careers in the Digital Age, published by Neal-Schuman. She holds an MA in higher education and student affairs and a BA in psychology from The Ohio State University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program of higher education at the University of Michigan.