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University of Michigan School of Information

Joanna Kroll

Joanna Kroll

Director of Career Development and Adjunct Lecturer in Information Email: Phone: 734/615-8294
Office: School of Information/777 N. University LinkedIn Profile


Pronouns: she/her/hers

Clifton Strengths: Developer, Empathy, Maximizer, Relator, Positivity

How I Identify: cis-gendered female, able-bodied, white, professional, mother, partner, daughter, sister and aunt

Hobbies: going to sporting events (professional, college and my children’s!), everything about up north Michigan, kayaking, hiking, working out and being outside 

I lead the strategic direction and operations of the UMSI Career Development Office.  I manage an innovative, high-impact career development team who is committed to building an inclusive environment for all students to feel welcome, supported and empowered to reach their dreams.  

I am passionate about working with students to help them discover and utilize their strengths to reach their fullest potential. I teach career courses, conduct career education workshops, and  provide career counseling to alumni as well as PhD students seeking industry careers. I work closely with many innovative and diverse employers across all industries and around the world who want to recruit our students. A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is a core principle of our team and our work.

Areas of Interest

Expertise in professional career counseling, Strengths coaching, student development, strategic employer development, team development, program management, DEI work, and data/metrics to inform strategic direction.

Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn!

Honors and Awards

UM Distinguished Diversity Award 

UMSI Peer to Peer Award

UM Presidential Award for Innovative & Collaborative Leadership: Finalist

UM StaffWorks: Best Practice in Technology to Support Cross-Campus Collaborations

Co-Author: The New Information Professional: Your Guide to Careers in the Digital Age

Conference Presenter: National Association of Colleges & Employers NACE; Midwest Association of Colleges & Employers MWACE; American College Personnel Association ACPA; National Career Development Association NCDA; iSchool International Conference


B.A. in Psychology, Central Michigan University

M.A. in Counselor Education, Wayne State University

Gallup Strengths Coaching Certification


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New career networking program brings together UMSI students and alumni mentors

The Career Development Office (CDO) has been celebrating the successful launch of the Alumni Career Connections program, an initiative connecting current students to alumni mentors in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the hiring market. 

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UMSI students exceed expectations for 2020 summer internships

Internship numbers for the summer reached 90% of pre-COVID numbers.

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