William Ballard discusses the changes in the Department of Mathematics during his tenure at the University of Montana (UM). He relates his experiences under different administrations and the strengths of each UM president. Ballard further explains his personal teaching philosophy and his career accomplishments and challenges such as serving as chairman of the department. He recalls being a member of both the American Association of University Professors [AAUP] and the teachers’ union. Ballard describes changes in the teaching of mathematics, curriculum adjustments, and teacher retraining. He recalls UM President Robert Pantzer’s role during the Vietnam War student protests.
University of Montana-Missoula; Mathematics; Curriculum; American Association of University Professors; Robert Pantzer; Vietnam War; Department of Mathematics; University of Montana faculty
University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)
Ballard, William R., "William R. Ballard Interview, July 24, 1991" (1991). University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project. 1.