William R. Ballard Interview, July 24, 1991


William R. Ballard


Annie Pontrelli



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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.

Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana-Missoula; Mathematics; Curriculum; American Association of University Professors; Robert Pantzer; Vietnam War; Department of Mathematics; University of Montana faculty

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 270-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:02:32 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_001.mp3; OH_270_001.pdf

William R. Ballard Interview, July 24, 1991