PhD in Information overview
The PhD is the highest degree awarded by the University of Michigan. It signifies that you have successfully mastered a body of skills and knowledge in preparation for a career as an independent scholar. Doctoral training involves working closely with faculty on projects of mutual interest, since mastery of research methods requires hands-on experience.
The School of Information provides an excellent environment in which to pursue your doctoral studies. Faculty are active in research, with projects in many different areas, using many different methods. The school has exceptional facilities and equipment, and through its faculty projects, has access to many off-campus research sites.
Nicole Ellison is the director of the doctoral program. Her research is on computer-mediated communication, mediated interpersonal interaction, self-presentation, use of social media in organizations, relationship initiation and maintenance in online contexts, virtual communities, social network sites, online dating sites, educational uses of new technologies, college access and social media.
Veronica Falandino is the associate director of admissions and student affairs. She oversees the operations of the doctoral program, provides one-on-one advising to current and prospective doctoral students, and disseminates information on the program to students, faculty, staff, and outside interested parties.
Allison Sweet is the graduate programs coordinator. She supports the day-to-day matters of the doctoral program including assuring that procedures are followed consistently and equitably, maintaining student progress reports, processing financial support; and providing additional assistance as needed.