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Our Faculty

Looking west over campus as the sun sets
These aren’t regular professors

They’re the best of the best.

But for real: you don’t get to be a R1 research university and a flagship institution for undergraduate learning with professors who are anything other than top-tier. At the University of Montana, you’ll get to see a whole new side of college instruction — one with serious staying power.

Top Academic Ranking

In 2022, the Academic Ranking of World Universities named the University of Montana as the top academic institution in the state and among the best in the world.

“More than 2,000 of the top universities world-wide were included and for UM to be ranked in the top third of those schools is quite a testament to the quality of the faculty here,” says Scott Whittenburg, vice president for Research and Creative Scholarship at UM.

'We need everyone in this field'

Wildlife Biology Assistant Professor Erim Gomez likes to bring his “whole self” to the classroom. That includes his Mexican heritage alongside a larger goal of diversifying the next generation of land managers, conservationists and wildlife biologists. 

We need everyone in this field – and we want them here at the University of Montana,” Gomez says.

A degree of confidence

Sitting for your national licensure exam is enough to make any recent grad nervous. But knowing you studied under some of the best faculty in the field gives your confidence a boost. And the fact that 100% of your program's recent graduates have passed that exam also doesn't hurt.

Our professors are passionate and supportive about our learning,” says Rachel Keo, a UM counseling master’s graduate who recently passed the National Counselor Examination. “There’s a confidence you get when you come from a good program. ”

Professors who know because they do

Slate recently named a podcast series by Associate Professor Jule Banville to a list of best true-crime media that thoroughly depicts crime without exploiting victims. “An Absurd Result” explores the fallout from a 1987 assault on an 8-year-old girl in Billings. Banville teaches audio, reporting and writing courses at UM's School of Journalism and advises the Montana Kaimin student newspaper.

'It's more than hunting'

At UM, Wild Sustenance 491 is more than a class. It's an in-depth experience that deeply immerses students in hunting, sustenance and land. Professors Libby Metcalf and Josh Millspaugh designed the course with an emphasize on the ethical aspects of hunting and as well as the barriers new hunters must overcome to be successful.
A course offered by the University of Montana emphasizes the ethical aspects of hunting while addressing the barriers new hunters must overcome to be successful.

New approach pays dividends

When it comes to college math, just about everyone has a story about being stumped, derailed or just plain discouraged. Now – thanks to an entirely revamped approach to placing students in appropriate math classes and then teaching and supporting them in new ways – UM has a winning formula.