Brock Tessman

Brock Tessman

Brock Tessman will become the next dean of the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana.

UM Provost Perry Brown recently announced that Tessman accepted the position. Tessman, a political scientist who most recently served the University of Georgia as associate director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues and director of graduate programs in the UGA Department of International Affairs, was selected for the position after an extensive national search.

Tessman will begin his new duties in mid-July. He replaces James McKusick, who served as the Honors College dean from July 2005 to March.

“I have often dreamt about the opportunity to lead a vibrant honors college within a large public university,” Tessman said. “It requires no hyperbole for me to say that this is my dream job.­­­ I look forward to working with students, staff, faculty, campus leaders, alumni and other key stakeholders in order to build on the existing excellence of the Davidson Honors College and ensure that no Montana high school student need ever leave this state because a superior liberal arts education is available elsewhere.”

“Brock Tessman is an engaging educator who will bring strong teaching, scholarship and administrative skills to the Davidson Honors College,” Brown said. “The combination of skills he developed at the University of Georgia are exactly what we desired when we began the search for the college’s new dean. He will be a wonderful addition to the campus.”

Tessman is an acclaimed teacher and scholar who has won numerous awards during his tenure at UGA. Since 2009, he has consistently been honored by the university. Already in 2015, he has earned two awards from UGA: the Student Government Association Professor Recognition Award and the Center for Teaching & Learning Teacher of the Week award.

In 2007, he wrote “International Relations in Action: A World Politics Simulation” and currently is working on a book that addresses how the process of demographic decline influences foreign policy agendas.

Tessman earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University. He earned a doctorate in political science and a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

For more information, call Brown at 243-4689 or email perry.brown@umontana.edu.

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