A Message from Provost Dr. Jenny McNulty.
Welcome to the University of Montana Western, a unique university designed to prepare students for the future; to be leaders, to think creatively, to work in teams, to collaborate, to innovate, and to seize opportunities. Currently, we are facing many challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic but one thing is certain; we need educated, skilled, talented people to solve the problems of today and tomorrow. Montana Western’s Experience One is uniquely designed to prepare students for the future.
Experience One is a program built on experiential learning, small classes and immersive experiences in which students take one course at a time. Students work in teams to solve complex problems, gain real-world experiences and contribute to ongoing community and research projects. The skills that employers deem most valuable: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and adaptability; are the skills that Experience One fosters.
At Montana Western, we have engaging professors, dedicated staff and outstanding students. We provide a supportive and challenging environment for students to learn and explore. The University of Montana Western is located in the spectacular Beaverhead Valley in the town of Dillon. We have wide open spaces, towering peaks, clear streams and abundant wildlife. Our breathtaking scenery and rural location coupled with our Experience One program make Montana Western a one of a kind experience.
I am excited to join the Montana Western team. While the world faces many challenges today, I am looking forward to working with faculty and staff this year to provide quality education for the leaders of tomorrow.
Dr. Jenny McNulty, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
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Dr. Jenny McNulty joined the University of Montana Western on July 1, 2020 as Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, having previously served as Interim Dean and before that Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Montana in Missoula. She joined the faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UM in 1993. She has lived in Montana for 27 years and has a decade of administrative experience in the Montana University System. Dr. McNulty has also been active in her professional association, the Mathematical Association of America, serving in several leadership roles, including serving on the Board of Directors.
During her career in the Dean’s office at UM, her work focused on student success, diversity and mentoring/advising. She created the Academic Advising Center for the College, giving every student a professional advisor and faculty mentor, and developed many programs to promote student success. In 2018, she received a Fulbright Specialist award to the University of Gondar in Ethiopia where she gave workshops on active learning. Dr. McNulty is also the co-director of the Gondar-Montana Mentoring (GMM) program for women and was selected to give an invited talk on the program at the National Diversity Conference on Women in Leadership in 2019. She is currently the mentor coordinator on an NSF grant at UM that awards scholarship to students, targeting those from underrepresented groups. In 2020, she received UM’s award for sustainability.
Dr. McNulty holds a Ph.D.in mathematics, awarded in 1993, from the University of North Carolina. She has spent much of her mathematical career trying to make mathematics accessible. In 2010, she started a program called Math Day for high school students to explore mathematical topics beyond the classroom. In 2012, she co-authored a mathematics textbook on matroid theory that has been described as “written in a friendly, fun-to-read style.” When not working, Dr. McNulty can be found playing ice hockey or exploring Montana’s mountains and streams.