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Montana Western wins five in a row

GlasgowUniversity of Montana Western Professor of Political Science Sara Glasgow is the Carnegie Foundation 2013 Montana Professor of the Year.

Glasgow, who received her doctorate in government and politics from the University of Maryland, has been a member of the Montana Western faculty since 2005. She teaches courses in political economy, international relations, strategic studies, social medicine and Norse history.

She is the fifth professor in five years at Montana Western to have received the Professor of the Year award. Last year, Mike Morrow, professor of biology, was named the 2012 Montana Professor of the Year. Glasgow and Morrow follow 2011 Montana Professor of the Year Julie Bullard, 2010 Montana Professor of the Year Delena Norris-Tull and 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year Rob Thomas.

Associated Students of the University of Montana Western President Seamus Manley said “Dr. Glasgow’s focus on experiential learning allowed me to take a deeper role in the classroom setting than I previously had thought possible” in a letter of support during the nomination process.

In her application for the award, Glasgow said she utilizes experiential learning in her classroom by taking students past basic research and lectures. Students in Glasgow’s classes apply concepts and theories to real-world situations and discuss with their peers. Students in her health politics seminar coordinated with the Montana Department of Public Health to create and deliver a health awareness campaign.

The Professor of the Year awards are administered by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The Carnegie Foundation and CASE have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981.

Montana Western is the only public university to utilize the Experience One block scheduling program. Students take one class at a time for 18 days, three hours a day. Experience One is an innovative, hands on way of teaching college students.