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University of Michigan School of Information

Scott Tenbrink

Scott TenBrink

Assistant Director, Civic Engagement and Lecturer III in Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone: 517/914-6605
Office: School of Information/105 S. State Street Faculty Role: Faculty Staff Unit: Engaged Learning Office News About Scott TenBrink


I am interested in the role information tools play in building community and civic engagement. As the Assistant Director of Civic Engagement, I build partnerships with cities, and connect our students with them to create information tools, services, and systems that support 21st-century citizenship. I lead co-curricular opportunities like CUTgroup, National Day of Civic Hacking, and other programs with partner cities.

I’m also a lecturer, instructing project-oriented courses such as SI538: Citizen Interaction Design and SI350: UX Field Research In the Public Sector, and the BSI Capstone courses.

I can help students to build experience and apply their emerging skills to the challenges facing cities and connect them with the people who want to improve their communities. I believe that information skills are important beyond your career goals; you can apply them to improve your, neighborhood, community, and world.

I have a Master's Degree in Urban Planning and 15 years of experience collaborating with government and nonprofit organizations. I enjoy riding my bike, camping, and board games. I love traveling the world but always return to the Great Lakes state.

Areas of Interest

civic technology, community engagement


B.S. Psychology, University of Michigan, 1995

Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, 2005

News about Scott TenBrink

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U-M students win national FAA design competition with user-centered air traffic control interface

U-M students who met in a School of Information course earned first place in the FAA competition with their design of an interface to streamline air traffic managers’ work.

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"Welcome, new faculty" headshots of Matthew Bui, Allen Flynn, Jesse Johnston, Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin, Michaelanne Thomas, Megan Threats, Justine Zhang, Alex McLeod, Gregory Myers, Scott TenBrink..
UMSI welcomes new 2022-23 faculty

UMSI welcomes 10 new faculty and 30 lecturers for the 2022-23 school year.

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