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Godde receives one of MC's Hatch Awards

Monmouth College biology professor James Godde (right) receives this year’s Hatch Academic Excellence Award for scholarship and research. Presenting the award is past recipient Chris Goble, a lecturer in MC’s communication studies department.
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Biology professor James Godde has received one of Monmouth College’s Hatch Academic Excellence Awards, which was presented during Scholars Day activities last month.
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.
Godde has been active in research, has published one paper with a student and has recently published a theoretical paper postulating a new evolutionary tree for early life (bacteria). Within MC’s science faculty, he is one of the most active at publishing and involving students in research, including recent trips to Southeast Asia and the American West.
Said his nominator, “He was promoted to full professor in 2011 but has shown no signs of slowing down his research activity. He is currently working on a review article, which requires a substantial amount of reading and synthesis.”
Godde joined Monmouth’s faculty in 2001. He earned his undergraduate degree at Western Illinois University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Funded by 1957 Monmouth graduate W. Jerome Hatch, a retired executive for American National Can, the Hatch 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.