Dr. Donald Force has been appointed Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and will take up his new position in Fall 2013 teaching and researching in archives and records administration.
Force, who recently earned his doctorate degree in Library, Archival and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, also has a master of arts in history from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a master of library science and a master of information science, both from Indiana University. Specializing in legal issues associated with archives and records management, Force said he is eager to bring a fresh approach to the archival studies area.
“I think I have some really interesting ideas about how the Introductions to Records Management class should be taught to students,” Force said, noting that he would like to incorporate a human element into the course, which would cover the organizational differences amongst cultures. “You have to understand why people do what they do to best facilitate access and preservation of information” Force said.
Dr. Kimberly Anderson, a SOIS faculty member in the archival studies area, said Force is an expert in records management, electronic evidence, e-records and e-discovery. “He will transform the existing records management component into a major anchor of the archives and records administration concentration and certificate of advanced study,” Anderson said. Force's MA in history will also support coordinated degree students, she said, especially those focusing on the combined Masters of Library and Information Science and MA in History. “I am confident that he will be an excellent addition to SOIS,” Anderson said.