Interim Dean, School of Information
Elizabeth Yakel, PhD, is the C Olivia Frost Collegiate Professor of Information and Interim Dean at the University of Michigan School of Information.
Yakel is a two-time alumna of the school, and has been on the school's faculty since 2000. Prior to her appointment as Interim Dean, she was senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2015 to 2022.
Yakel is known for work advancing archival practice, the use of primary sources in archives education, studies of data reuse practices, and digital curation. She has been active in the instructional program, including teaching and mentoring master’s and doctoral students.
Elizabeth Yakel completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1980. She attended the University of Michigan in 1982 where she received her Master of Arts in library science from the School of School of Information and Library Studies. In 1997, she earned a PhD from the school, newly renamed the University of Michigan School of Information. Her dissertation, “Recordkeeping in Radiology: The Relationships Between Activities and Records in Radiological Processes,” received the 1997 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award from Association of Library and Information Science Educators.
Yakel joined the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences from 1997 to 2000. She then returned to the University of Michigan School of Information in July of 2000 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 2005, and to professor in 2011.
Yakel became the associate dean for research and faculty affairs in 2014 and was appointed as senior associate dean for academic affairs in 2015. In 2021, she was appointed as the C. Olivia Frost Collegiate Professor of Information.
Yakel has successfully published numerous peer-reviewed articles and she currently edits the leading journal in her field, Archival Science. Her work includes more than 130 writings, cited over 2,600 times. In 2016, Yakel and Doris Malkmus co-authored a module titled “Contextualizing Archival Literacy” for Teaching with Primary Sources, a volume of the Society of American Archivists’ “Trends in Archives Practice” series.
Yakel’s research interests include digital archives and curation, specifically data reuse; teaching with primary sources; and the development of standardized metrics to enhance repository processes and the user experience. She has developed five graduate level courses at the University of Michigan, including the “Economics of Sustainable Digital Information” and “Access Systems for Archival Materials.”
Yakel is currently a co-principal investigator on two research projects. The first, “Measuring and Improving the Efficacy of Curation Activities in Data Archives,” is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and investigates how curatorial actions impact the reuse of digital collection. The second, funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates “Developing Evidence-based Data Sharing and Archiving Policies.”
Yakel’s many accolades and accomplishments include a Regents’ Fellowship in the School of Information at the University of Michigan from 1992 to 1995, a Research Fellowship for the Study of Modern Archives, Bentley Library, University of Michigan in 1994, and election as a Society of American Archivists Fellow in 1999. She was selected for the Academic Leadership Program Fellow in 2008-2009, and in 2012 was awarded the Michael D. Cohen Outstanding Service Award at the School of Information.
For her research, she received the 2013 International Digital Curation Conference Best Research Paper Award for “Trust in Digital Repositories” with Ixchel Faniel, Adam Kriesberg, and Ayoung Yoon, and the Society of American Archivists Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award for the best paper in American Archivist (with Magia Krause) in 2008. In 2020, she received the Society of American Archivists Council Exemplary Service Award for the Archival Metrics Research Project, a collection of standardized user-based evaluation tools and other performance measures for archives.
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs
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.
Associate Dean for Faculty
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.
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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 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.