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2 UM law professors selected for Teaching Scholars program

Wednesday, October 7, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Two professors from the University of Montana’s Blewett School of Law have been selected for the Montana University System’s 2020 Teaching Scholars program.


Associate Professor Monte Mills, director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic, and Professor Andrew King-Ries were among four University of Montana faculty members selected for the program, which recognizes faculty who have made exemplary contributions to teaching and learning at their institutions.

 Scholars will receive a $1,500 award and a $500 stipend to design and facilitate a faculty learning community at their institution. This year’s scholars are funded through support from the National Association of System Heads and the Lumina Foundation .  


The Teaching Scholars program focuses on a theme that speaks to innovative approaches to teaching and that aligns with MUS teaching and learning priorities. This year’s program is focused on “Equity-Minded Pedagogies” as the nation grapples with social and racial injustices and the university system seeks to continue to address the ways that these injustices show up in the classroom. Teaching scholars were chosen for their commitment to narrowing these gaps and to serving the MUS’s larger vision of making Montana public higher education accessible, valuable and equitable for all students.


“This year’s theme aligns with the Montana University System’s strategic goals around college access and success for all,” said Dr. Brock Tessman, deputy commissioner of academic research and student affairs for the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. “We want to recognize the work being done in these areas and support the scholars as they lead their colleagues in building a community of excellence around equitable teaching practices.”


A total of 14 faculty from seven Montana University System campuses were selected for the 2020 program.