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Distinguished scholar

Barry McNamara
Communication studies lecturer Chris Goble received Monmouth College’s third and final Hatch Academic Excellence Award, which was presented during Scholars’ Day activities earlier this week.

Goble, who specializes in the video and broadcast elements of communication studies, received the Distinguished Scholarship and Research Award. In particular, his work with students on three documentaries, including the award-winning “Western Stoneware: The Molding of a Company” was cited. Goble also helped produce “Hidden Homeless: Homeless in Rural America” and “Journal Stories: Warren County.” He was also praised for tying in that documentary work to the college’s Midwest Matters initiative.

Criteria for the scholarship and research award are participating in faculty-student research projects leading to publication; pedagogical research to improve classroom teaching; creative activity that explains the research; and traditional research in peer-reviewed journals.

Funded by 1957 Monmouth graduate W. Jerome Hatch, a retired executive for American National Can, the awards were established in 2004 to recognize outstanding work by MC faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Through cash stipends, they honor faculty who have excelled in their academic disciplines and who have served as an inspiration to both their students and their colleagues.

Monmouth’s other award recipients this year were associate professors Joan Wertz for Distinguished Teaching and Hannah Schell for Distinguished Service.