Dr. Julie Bullard, Professor and Director,  Early Childhood Education at University of Montana Western 

Dr. Julie Bullard is a professor and director of the Early Childhood Education program at the University of Montana Western. During her 35 years in the early childhood field, she has been a preschool and elementary teacher, childcare director, Head Start administrator, and has taught adults receiving CDAs, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees in early childhood as well as students receiving master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction. Julie has taught higher education coursework both face-to-face and online for over 20 years and was named the Carnegie Professor of the Year for Montana in 2011. 

Julie has had a passion for the importance of the early learning environment since completing coursework in architecture more than 30 years ago. She has written a textbook on Creating Environments for Learning: Birth to Age Eight which is used throughout the United States and has been translated into several other languages. She also has a special interest in curriculum standards and has served on several state and national committees that are working on developing and implementing standards using play-based curriculum. She has served on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Development Panel, as a national reviewer of early childhood higher education programs, and on an oversight committee for NAEYC/NCATE accreditation. Julie served on an NAEYC committee to revise the national early childhood higher education standards. She is on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Examiners (NCATE BOE), on the editorial board for the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, and is on the National Early Childhood Advisory Panel for ETS. She has been involved in the development of the Montana early childhood knowledge base, infant–toddler guidelines, preschool standards, kindergarten standards, and early childhood and elementary higher education standards. She has received both the McCarthy Public Service Award and the MAEYC Early Childhood Service Award for her work on behalf of young children, their families, and the early childhood profession.