A Message from Provost Deb Hedeen.
Welcome to the University of Montana Western, a place that embraces its mission statement each day by sustaining a culture of concentrated experiential education. The University of Montana Western prides itself on providing a unique educational opportunity for students. Montana Western’s educational experience is specifically designed for undergraduate students. Our faculty incorporate nationally recognized instructional strategies. Student success at Montana Western is evident in the number of students who return each year and who graduate.
Experience One (X1) is the University of Montana Western’s instructional delivery model that creates a specialized and dynamic teaching and learning environment. Students complete one course, or “block,” in 18 days and four courses/blocks a semester. This makes it possible to participate in international travel courses, to engage in research projects with faculty members, and to balance academics with work and athletics schedules.
Students enjoy Montana Western’s small class sizes and find that working with just one group of students at a time makes it easier to meet others. In addition, each course is three hours a day with the same professor. This allows students to spend extended time with one professor for 18 days. Professors create learning opportunities that are authentic and have real world application so that students are well prepared for work and for life. Montana Western’s one course at a time is exciting, different and life changing for our students.
Join us at Montana Western and experience the difference for yourself.
Deb Hedeen, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
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Deb Hedeen assumed the role of provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at The University of Montana Western in July 2016. Previously, she was at Idaho State University for 23 years where she served as dean of the college of education for 10 years; associate dean and assistant dean of teacher education; and professor of special education for nine years.
Deb is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and strives to improve quality of life opportunities for these individuals. She has published journal articles and book chapters related to positive behavior supports and educational strategies for students with autism. She has given over 175 international, national and state presentations. Deb has been the recipient of the Idaho State University Master Teacher, Most Influential Professor and Outstanding Public Service Awards. In 2015, she was recognized by the Idaho Council for Exceptional Children with the Life Time Achievement Award for her commitment to the field of special education.
Deb earned a Ph.D. in special education from Syracuse University, a M.Ed. from Lesley University, and a B.S. in special education and Spanish from St. Cloud State University. To compliment her studies, Deb has lived in three countries – Spain, Germany and New Zealand.