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Julie Bullard

For the third time in as many years, the University of Montana Western has a Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year: Julie Bullard, professor of education and director of early childhood education at Montana Western, is the 2011 Montana Professor of the Year.

Bullard’s prestigious award follows two of her colleagues, Professor of Education Delena Noris-Tull, who was the 2010 Montana Professor of the Year, and Professor of Geology Rob Thomas, the 2009 Baccalaureate Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year.

The Professors of the Year awards are administered by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The Carnegie Foundation and CASE have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. The organizations select state winners from top entries resulting from a judging process based on the nominations of faculty members by colleges and universities throughout the country.

For Bullard, who began at Montana Western in 1989, her teaching journey started as an older sister growing up in the tiny town of Malta, Mont.

“From my earliest memories I loved teaching,” Bullard explains. “I was the oldest child and I would set up a school and play teacher with my siblings. I also became a student helper at my elementary school and created plays, movies, songs and read books to the younger children starting when I was 10 years old.”