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Andrea Forte 
Dean, School of Information

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Andrea Forte, PhD, is Professor of Information and Dean of the University of Michigan School of Information. Her scholarship focuses on understanding the wide-ranging features of online life. 

Forte joined UMSI in 2024 after leading the Department of Information Science in Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics since 2021. Her main areas of research include human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, and social computing, privacy and education.

“A big part of what attracted me to University of Michigan School of Information is that it not only has outstanding faculty, students and staff, but also is an incredible community,” Forte said.

“The power of an engaged scholarly community like UMSI is unique. It’s inspiring. I’m excited to join such an amazing group, to build and strengthen UMSI’s relationships internally and with partner organizations, and to enhance our ability to have real and positive impact in the world.”

Forte began her academic career in 2010 as an assistant professor at Drexel. She was promoted over the years to associate professor, associate department head for graduate affairs, department head for information science, and professor.

She studies how people collaborate and share information online, and the possible threats and risks associated with doing so. Her research group develops new tools and theoretical understandings that can help build better, safer and more beneficial online experiences.

Forte has received more than $4.5 million in research funding, including a National Science Foundation Career award. Her most recent publications are co-authored works on privacy and social media, including “Accounting for Privacy Pluralism: Lessons and Strategies from Community-Based Privacy Groups” and “Disability Activism on Social Media: Sociotechnical Challenges in the Pursuit of Visibility.”

Forte was elected chair of the steering committee for the Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction Computer-Supported Cooperative Work community in 2020. In addition, she serves on the steering committee of the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems.

She has received many accolades throughout her career, including being named the 2021 Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Member for outstanding scientific contributions to the field of computing.

She also received an Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems best paper honorable mention in 2020; Conference On Computer-Supported Cooperative Work best paper honorable mentions in 2022, 2019 and 2017; and the OSS/OpenSym 2022 Distinguished Paper Award. Forte earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign language and literature, philosophy from Western Michigan University in 1996.

She earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree in 1998 from the School of Information at the University of Texas, followed by a PhD in human-centered computing in 2009 from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Paul Resnick
Associate Dean for Research and Innovation

Paul Resnick

Paul Resnick is the Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Information, the associate dean for research and innovation, and director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility. He was a pioneer in the field of recommender systems; the GroupLens system he helped develop was awarded the 2010 ACM Software Systems Award. He also did some of the earliest work on online reputation systems, both documenting their promise for incentivizing good behavior and the limits of their effectiveness when it is easy for people to create new accounts. His 2012 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.

 


Cliff Lampe
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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Cliff Lampe is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Information. His research examines how the design of social media platforms is associated with both positive and negative social interactions. His work on social media has been heavily cited, and he’s advised corporations, non-profits, and government agencies on social media issues for many years. Lampe is also active in service in the area of human-computer interaction. He’s a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery, and has served in many leadership roles for the Special Interest Group in Human-Computer Interaction, including as the general chair for their flagship conference. At the University of Michigan, Lampe has served in many service roles, including as director of the undergraduate program for the School of Information for the past several years. Lampe is committed to helping people use technology to create social good, and to have the university play a central role in civic, economic and social life.


Erin Krupka
Associate Dean for Faculty

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Erin Krupka is the associate dean for faculty and associate professor of information at the School of Information. Krupka, who joined the faculty at UMSI in 2009, served as director of the doctoral program from 2019 to 2023, and was appointed adjunct administrator in the dean’s office in 2023. 

An experimental behavioral economist, Krupka’s research focuses on motivating individuals to engage in behaviors that benefit organizations and communities, as well as bringing about shifts in values and culture within these contexts. Her most significant impact has been to transform how social norms are studied, to create techniques for identifying when a norm is shared in a population, whether it is strong or weak, how and at what moment norm change has taken place, and charting the role that norms play in shaping behavior in contexts from political, to health, to work environments. During her time at UMSI, Krupka has secured funding from prestigious institutions such as the National Science Foundation, the Donaghue Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Krupka teaches in the areas of behavioral economics, organizational management and choice architecture. She has been honored with the UMSI's Teaching Award and the Honored Instructor Award from the University of Michigan Housing. She has also been nominated twice for the University of Michigan's Golden Apple Teaching AwardAs associate dean for faculty, she is excited to work collaboratively to support, mentor, and advance faculty success and professional development.  


Judy Schabel
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Judy Lawson

Judy (Lawson) Schabel serves as assistant dean for diversity, equity & inclusion and leads special projects for the dean and the associate dean for academic affairs. Schabel provides leadership for the UMSI DEI Strategic Plan and the UMSI DEI Office, has served as a DEI Lead (liaison) to the University of Michigan Office of DEI since 2016, and founded the UMSI DEI Committee in 2012. Previously, Schabel served as assistant dean for academic and student affairs and as director of student affairs at UMSI, overseeing all student facing services and operations from admission to graduation.

In 2020, Schabel received her PhD in higher education administration from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. In addition, she holds an M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs and a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to joining UMSI, Schabel worked at the University of Michigan Career Center for ten years as a career counselor and leading internship and recruitment services for the U-M campus.


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.