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University of Michigan School of Information


Leadership team

Thomas A. Finholt
Dean, School of Information

A headshot of Dean Thomas A. Finholt

Thomas A. Finholt is a professor and dean of the School of Information. He joined the University of Michigan in 1991 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. From 1997 to the present, his faculty appointments from assistant research scientist to professor have been in the School of Information.  

In addition to his teaching and research, he has held several administrative appointments in the School of Information, including: Associate Dean for Research and Innovation (2006-2010); Senior Associate Dean for Faculty (2010-2012); Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2012-2015); acting dean (2013); and interim dean (2015-2016). He was appointed dean in April 2016. His priorities as dean include expanding the number of online courses and degrees offered by UMSI, diversifying the pipeline for information technology employment, and applying research at UMSI to increase civic engagement and to improve the quality of online public discourse.

Finholt was a co-founder and then director of the Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work (CREW). Starting in the mid-1990s and continuing for 20 years, CREW pioneered the study of human computer interaction in organizational settings, including research on many applications that are now commonplace, such as videoconferencing and shared document editing.

His current research contributions include the organization of a network of faculty across 13 units on campus to develop an augmented/virtual/mixed reality strategy for the university. He is also active in the sports analytics initiative, where students from various disciplines work with trainers and coaches in U-M Athletics to analyze athletes’ health, safety and performance using data gathered from wearable devices.

Finholt received a BA in history from Swarthmore College and a doctorate in social and decision sciences from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to completing his PhD, he held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Elizabeth Yakel
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Beth Yakel

Elizabeth Yakel, PhD, is a professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her teaching and research foci are in the areas of digital archives and curation. Throughout her career, she has researched how users discover, analyze and use primary sources and investigated how metrics can be used to better serve both researchers and the repositories that serve them. Her research currently focuses on data reuse and how to make archived research data not only technically renderable but also meaningful to those who did not originally collect or produce the data, now and in the future. Her research has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She is active in the Society of American Archivists (SAA), where she served on the governing council and was elected a fellow in 1999.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an AMLS and PhD from the University of Michigan.


Paul Resnick
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Paul Resnick

Paul Resnick is the Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Information, the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, and director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility

His current projects include nudging people toward politically balanced news consumption and health behavior change, crowdsourcing rumor tracking and fact-correction on the internet, and social media monitoring. He was a pioneer in the field of recommender systems. The GroupLens system he helped develop was awarded the 2010 ACM Software Systems Award. His 2012 MIT Press book (co-authored with Robert Kraut), is titled Building Successful Online Communities: Evidence-based Social Design. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and master's and PhD degrees from MIT.



Tiffany Veinot
Associate Dean for Faculty

Tiffany Veinot

Tiffany Veinot is the Associate Dean for Faculty and an associate professor in the School of Information and the School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Since 2017, she has served as director of the U-M Health Informatics program, of which she is a founding faculty member. She joined the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 2008 and was promoted to associate professor at both UMSI and the School of Public Health in 2014.

She currently heads a research team intent on increasing the cardiovascular safety of patients undergoing hemodialysis therapy, funded by a $6.7 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Her research has also been funded by institutions such as the National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and Canadian Institutes for Health Research. 

Veinot is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and International Journal of Medical Informatics. She has also served as an associate chair for health at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems for three years. She was guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association on "Health Informatics and Health Equity: Improving our Reach and Impact." She also co-chaired a national Computing Community Consortium-funded workshop on sociotechnical interventions and health disparities, which resulted in a published research agenda, "Research Opportunities in Sociotechnical Interventions for Health Disparity Reduction." 

She holds a BA and MLS from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. 


Judy Schabel
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Judy Lawson

Judy (Lawson) Schabel serves as Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Previously she served as Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and as Director of Student Affairs at UMSI.

She began her career at the University of Michigan Career Center, where she worked as a career counselor and then led internship and recruitment services. She is the 2008 recipient of the university's Outstanding Leadership Award. She is co-author of The New Information Professional: Your Guide to Careers in the Digital Age, published by Neal-Schuman. She holds an MA in higher education and student affairs and a BA in psychology from The Ohio State University and holds a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.




Scott Staelgraeve
Administrative Director

Scott Staelgraeve

Scott Staelgraeve joined UMSI in 2013 as the school’s chief administrative officer and chief of staff. He directs overall strategic planning and implementation, policy and organizational development, and resource allocation for the school. Prior to coming to UMSI, he worked for nine years for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, where among other responsibilities, he was the general manager of the Upper Peninsula State Fair. Previous employers include Cabela’s and Ducks Unlimited. He holds a BS from Michigan State University and an MBA in finance from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies.