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Dr. Heather J. Stecklein

Director, UW-Stout Archives and Area Research Center/Graduate Faculty

Phone 715/232-5418
Office 504-B Robert S. Swanson Library Learning Center

Teaching Interests: Heather assists Stout instructors with developing course assignments that make use of archival resources in a wide variety of academic disciplines. She also serves as a Graduate Faculty Research Advisor for the Educational Doctorate program in Career and Technical Education Leadership.


Administers the UW-Stout University Archives and the Area Research Center for Dunn, Barron, and Pepin Counties. Collaborates with Stout faculty on classroom projects and provides primary source instruction sessions to faculty and students. Develops open educational resource digital collections that represent and inform the scholarship and personal activities of UW-Stout faculty, staff, and students.


  • Ed.D. Career and Technical Education
    University of Wisconsin-Stout
    Menomonie, WI, 2020
  • M.A. American History
    Loyola University-Chicago
    Chicago, 2010
  • M.A. Library and Information Science
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA, 2002
  • M.A. Historical Administration
    Eastern Illinois University
    Charleston, IL 2002
  • B.A. History/Political Science
    Loras College
    Dubuque, IA, 2000

Licensures and Certifications

  • Digital Archives Specialist: Society of American Archivists
  • Certified Archivist: Academy of Certified Archivists

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research


  • Stecklein, H. (2002) “History of UW-Stout Campus Photographs Project.". Sponsored by University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (Funded).
  • Stecklein, H. "Chicago Medical Institutions: Newsletters, Reports, and Reminiscences.". Sponsored by Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (Funded).
  • Stecklein, H. "100 Years of Breathing Life into the Community at the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago". Sponsored by Illinois Humanities Council, $10000 (Funded).

Sponsored Research

  • Stecklein, H. “Wildcats and arbitration: Striking practices among Des Moines rubber workers, 1949-1959.” . Sponsored by State Historical Society of Iowa (Funded).

Professional Memberships

  • Midwest Archives Conference (MAC)
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA)



  • UW Stout

    • Committee Member, 125th Anniversary Planning Committee (2015 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Campus Exteriors Development Committee (2015 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Homecoming Steering Committee (2014 - Present)
    • Committee Member, ImageStout Standardization Committee (2014 - Present)


  • Committee Member, CUWL Digital Initiatives Coordinating Committee (2015 - Present)
  • Officer, Vice President, UW-System Archives Council (2015 - Present)
  • Committee Member, University of Wisconsin Records Officer Council (2012 - Present)
  • Committee Member, UW-System Archives Council (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Midwest Archives Conference Program Committee (2015 - 2016)
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past, Chicago Area Medical Archivists (2007 - 2010)