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Information, Nursing interim leaders named

The Office of the Provost has named interim deans for the schools of Nursing and Information.

The Board of Regents May 19 approved the appointment of Carolyn Olivia Frost, associate dean and professor of information, as interim dean of the School of Information, effective June 1.

Richard Redman, professor of nursing and director of doctoral and post-doctoral programs, will serve as interim dean of the School of Nursing, effective July 1. His appointment, recommended by the provost and reviewed by the Personnel, Compensation and Governance Committee of the board, is pending regental approval.

Frost has been a member of the faculty since 1977. From March through April 2005, she served as acting dean of the School of Information while Dean John King was on leave at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (University of Frankfurt). King has taken the position of vice provost for academic information.
Frost (File Photo/Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services)

As associate dean for academic affairs, Frost oversees curriculum delivery, student services, recruitment and admissions. She also has administrative responsibility for academic personnel matters, including faculty recruitment, retention, promotion and tenure. As associate dean she has been part of the creation of the new School of Information, and has worked to help realize its vision to bring together multidisciplinary faculty and students with a common commitment to provide leadership in professional education and research related to information.

Frost's research, teaching and service focus on ways to provide intellectual access to information, with an emphasis on nontextual resources. She was the principle investigator (PI) of the Art Image Browser project, which developed, deployed and evaluated a digital database of images in art and architecture. As PI of the Digital Image Library Project, Frost assembled a multidisciplinary team of researchers to design systems combining computerized image retrieval with text-based classification strategies. Her most recent research and service initiatives focus on cultural heritage outreach. She is PI of the Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach (CHICO), a research and service program in the area of cultural preservation and community outreach. In 2004, the Smithsonian '' Honors Program recognized Frost as a laureate and finalist for her work on the CHICO project.

Redman has served in academic leadership positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Iowa. During his career he has held faculty appointments in nursing, medicine and health care administration. He was a member of the U-M School of Nursing faculty from 1988-1998, and then returned in 2004 to assume his current role.
Redman (File Photo/Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services)

His research focuses on nursing practice environments and their impact on clinical and organizational outcomes. Recent projects have measured the impact of workplace redesign on nurses and patients. In addition, he has developed instrumentation to measure patients' expectations for hospital care, and the impact those expectations have on providing patient-centered care. He has published more than 65 papers and chapters pertaining to nursing and health services research.

Redman received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from San Jose State University in California, and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa.

He serves as president-elect of the International Network of Doctoral Programs in Nursing, and will assume the presidency in 2007. He is a member of the Board of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, an international organization that promotes community-based partnerships for health professions education and community-based participatory research.

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