Administration

Thomas A. Finholt
Dean, School of Information

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

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, Ph.D., is a Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Her teaching and research foci are in the areas of digital archives and curation. Throughout her career, she has researched how users discover, analyze, and use primary sources and investigated how metrics can be used to better serve both researchers and the repositories that serve them. Her research currently focuses on data reuse and how to make archived research data not only technically renderable but also meaningful to those who did not originally collect or produce the data now and in the future. Her research has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She is active in the Society of American Archivists (SAA) where she served on the governing council and was elected a Fellow in 1999. She holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an AMLS and PhD from the  University of Michigan.

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Paul Resnick is the Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Information, the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, and the interim director of the U-M Health Informatics program.

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 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Judy Lawson serves as Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Previously she served as Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, and as Director of Student Affairs at UMSI.

She began her career at the University of Michigan Career Center, where she worked as a career counselor and then led internship and 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 a candidate in the higher education administration doctoral program at the University of Michigan.