Faculty Profile: Michael Kurtz

Dr. Kurtz is a Visiting Professor and the Assistant Program Director of the Archives Specialization.

Michael Kurtz


Michael Kurtz, PhD

What made you decide to enter this field?
I had a 37 year career at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) before joining the faculty full-time in September 2011.  My work at NARA enabled me to professionally blend my interests in historical documentation, archives, and research/publishing in the archival and historical fields.  My long affiliation with the College of Information Studies has provided me with an excellent venue to pursue over a lengthy period of time systematic study of management and leadership issues that confronted me as an executive.  The collaboration with students and faculty has proven invaluable.

What courses do you teach?
LBSC 635: Management and Administration for Information Professionals
LBSC 703: Field Studies in Archives, Records and Information Management
LBSC 789: Special Topics in Contemporary Archives           

How long have you been working in the iSchool?
I have had a full-time faculty position for the past year, but served as an adjunct professor for 20 years.

What does your research focus on currently?
My research focuses on the intersection of leadership and management in the quest to increase organizational effectiveness.  My interest specifically is in information-based cultural heritage organizations-libraries, archives, and museums.  I am currently working on developing the in-class version of INST 660, Leadership in the 21st Century.  Also planned is a co-authored text with colleagues from the library and museum communities exploring leadership challenges in these organizational settings.

What are you currently reading?
1776
By David McCullough

What is your favorite book?
The Bible-The Gospel of St. Mark

What is your favorite team/sport?
Baseball: The Washington Nationals

What is your favorite place to visit?
Monticello

What Three Words would you use to describe yourself?
Inquisitive, friendly, determined.

Do you have any pets?
2 calico cats, Samson and Delilah.

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