Three UMSI professors appointed to collegiate professorships

Three tenured UMSI professors were appointed to collegiate professorships by the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan at their November meeting.

Paul Resnick is now the Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Information. Professor Cohen was one of the faculty members who launched the School of Information in 1996; in the 1970s he was one of the first faculty members in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (then the Institute of Public Policy Studies).He was a scholar of information flows, routines and organizations, with publications that have been cited nearly 20,000 times to date.  The School of Information named its faculty service award after Professor Cohen at the time of his retirement. 

Paul Resnick joined the UMSI faculty as an associate professor in 1997, following work at Bell Labs and AT&T Laboratories and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He received tenure in 2000 and was promoted to full professor in 2004.

Professor Resnick’s research concerns socio-technical capital, or productive social relations that are enabled by the ongoing use of information and communication technology.  In 2009, he received the school’s award for exceptional service contributions (since named in honor of Michael D. Cohen).  He is currently the doctoral program director. He holds a PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Margaret Hedstrom is now the Robert M. Warner Collegiate Professor of Information.  Robert Warner was the third director of the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library (then the Michigan Historical Collections).  He served as the sixth archivist of the United States from 1980 to 1985 and returned to the University of Michigan as a faculty member in the School of Information (then the School of Information and Library Studies) and the Department of History.  He served as dean of the School of Information from 1985 to 1992, and was appointed as the university historian in 1992.

Professor Hedstrom joined the UMSI faculty in 1995 as associate professor and was granted tenure in 2000 and promoted to full professor in 2010. She is the director of the National Science Foundation-funded Sustainable Environment through Actionable Data (SEAD) Project.  SEAD aims to make it easier to capture, archive and federate data, even when collected across many heterogeneous projects.  Her numerous service commitments include associate dean for academic programs at UMSI and director of the UMSI master’s program. Dr. Hedstrom holds a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Yan Chen is now the Daniel Kahneman Collegiate Professor of Information.  Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist, was a visiting scientist at the University of Michigan from 1965-66.  His contributions to understanding of human behavior are many, important, and consistently seminal.  He is particularly known for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, behavioral economics and hedonic psychology, for which he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2002.  

Yan Chen joined the faculty of the School of Information in 2002 and received tenure in 2008. She is the president-elect of the Economic Science Association and in 2013 received the UMSI Excellence in Teaching Award. She holds a PhD in social science from the California Institute of Technology.

Each of these collegiate professorships is for a renewable five year-term, beginning January 1, 2015 and extending through December 31, 2019.

Posted December 17, 2014