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University of Michigan School of Information

Kelly Kowatch

Kelly Kowatch

Director of Engaged Learning Office and Adjunct Lecturer in Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/936-8735
Office: School of Information/105 S. State Street Staff Unit: Engaged Learning Office LinkedIn Profile Schedule an appointment Engaged Learning Office News About Kelly Kowatch


As the leader of a dynamic, cross-disciplinary team at UMSI, I am dedicated to crafting transformational, high-quality learning experiences for all students. My role involves collaborating with students, faculty, and both industry and public sector organizations to design innovative and impactful learning opportunities that address real-world information challenges. At UMSI, this commitment comes to life through civic and community engagement projects, entrepreneurial initiatives, study abroad programs, and corporate partnerships. 

Hailing from a rural community in Michigan, I grew up in a working-class family. Today, I'm married with two children and have had the fortune of traveling to over thirty countries, finding joy in both cityscapes and rural retreats. An avid reader, I also relish outdoor activities and spend a lot of time in Northern Michigan. I am always excited to meet with students eager to explore how the Engaged Learning Office can enhance their educational journey.



Areas of interest

engaged learning, adult learning, civic/community engagement, teamwork/collaboration, international education, project-based learning

Honors and Awards 

UMSI Outstanding Staff Award, 2014 

Fulbright Commission - International Education Administrators Program, Grant Recipient (Germany), October 2009 

UM Ginsberg Award for Community Service and Social Action Outstanding Staff Member, 2009


BA in Policy and Applied Economics, Michigan State University 
MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University
 M.Certificate in Historic Preservation, Eastern Michigan University 
In Progress, PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University (focus: the assessment of high-impact practices at an institutional level)

News about Kelly Kowatch

A photo of blue water and white sand at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
A year of water: Snapshots from UMSI’s first theme year

From giant goldfish to a behind-the-scenes look at Ann Arbor's water treatment plant, here are our favorite moments from a year that made ripples.

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In transparent lake water, zebra mussels cling to a large rock, covering its surface completely.
UMSI launches theme year on water conservation and access

The inaugural theme year will challenge students to use information science in addressing one of the most pressing issues worldwide.

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