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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


I lead a cross-disciplinary team with the goal of facilitating transformational, high-quality engaged learning experiences for all UMSI students. I work with students, faculty, and industry and public sector organizations to create mutually beneficial learning experiences within the framework of information challenges. At UMSI, this manifests in civic and community engagement projects, entrepreneurial endeavors, study abroad, and corporate engagement, amongst other areas. I am happy to meet with students who would like to explore how the Engaged Learning Office can be a part of their educational experience.  

I am from a rural community in Michigan and grew up in a working-class family. Married with two children, I have also traveled to over thirty countries, and love the city and rural areas. I am an avid reader and greatly enjoy most all activities outside if properly attired! My degrees are from Michigan State University (BA-Policy and Applied Economics) and The Ohio State University (MA-Higher Education and Student Affairs). I am currently a doctoral student at Michigan State University studying Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Learning, focusing on innovative institutions that use evidence-driven practices to enhance learning environments.

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


B.A. in Policy and Applied Economics, Michigan State University

M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University

News about Kelly Kowatch

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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"2023 UMSI Staff Award Recipients. Heidi Skrzypek. Outstanding Staff award. Krystle Forbes. Peer-to-Peer award."
UMSI announces 2023 staff awards

Heidi Skrzypek earned the Outstanding Staff award, and Krystle Forbes earned the Peer-to-Peer award.

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