Office of the Provost

The University of Montana Western

710 S. Atlantic Street

Dillon, MT 59725

Tel: (406) 683-7115

Location: Main Hall 211

Provost: Dr. Ashley Carlson


Assistant to the Provost 

Chancellor’s Cabinet

A Message from Provost Dr. Ashley Carlson

Welcome to the University of Montana Western. I am so excited to invite you to our unique institution, located in beautiful Southwest Montana and home to the Experience One program. Montana Western provides students with exceptional opportunities to gain authentic experience in their fields of study, to develop into future leaders in Montana and beyond.

Experience One combines experiential learning with small class sizes and a one course at a time format. Block courses meet for three and a half weeks, during which students engage in immersive learning activities and gain real-world skills and experience. Experience One fosters complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and adaptability—all skills that employers deem to be the most valuable.

I have been proud to teach in the Experience One program at Montana Western since joining the faculty in 2015, and I am excited to serve now as Interim Provost and to continue to work with faculty and staff to provide world-class educational opportunities to our students. We have an exciting year ahead!

Best Regards,

Dr. Ashley Carlson, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


Dr. Ashley Carlson first joined the University of Montana Western as a faculty member in the English Department in Fall of 2015. Prior to teaching at Montana Western, she taught at Monmouth College in Illinois and Manhattanville College in New York. As a member of Montana Western’s faculty, she has served as Department Chair of the English, Division Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as on Faculty Senate and as Vice President of the Faculty Union. 

Dr. Carlson earned her B.A. in English and French from Chapman University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of New Mexico, where her research focused on nineteenth-century literature. Her research interests include Victorian literature, science and literature, cultural studies, television, and popular culture. She has published articles on nineteenth-century authors Mary Shelley and Sarah Stickney Ellis, and has published two edited collections on contemporary television, Genius on Television: Small Screen Depictions of Big Minds (2015) and Women in STEM on Television: Critical Essays (2018). Her latest edited collection, co-edited with Lisa K. Perdigao, focuses on The CW Network and will be published in late 2021. In 2019, Dr. Carlson received a Fulbright Scholar award to teach and conduct research in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Her ongoing research project focuses William Ellis, a nineteenth-century British missionary to Madagascar, and his wife, Sarah, a popular writer of conduct literature and domestic fiction. 

When she’s not working, Dr. Carlson loves a good cup of tea, a good novel, and travelling the world with her family.