Monmouth College English professor Craig Watson is the recipient of a 2013 Hatch Academic Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching, Dean David Timmerman has announced.
“Craig has inspired generations of Monmouth students to appreciate the marvelous varieties of literature’s language, to fathom its insights into the human condition, and to become effective and accomplished writers themselves,” said Dean David Timmerman.
Watson has been much more than an English professor at Monmouth, providing leadership in a range of areas across the college for the better part of three decades. He shepherded the Honors Program for more than a decade and has been the coordinator of the Citizenship course taken by all of MC’s seniors since its inception. During the past academic year, he led his faculty colleagues who regularly teach the course in an innovative project to assess student learning.
Added Timmerman, “Craig’s vision for an innovative educational garden has come to fruition before our eyes, inspiring many of our students, feeding many of us well, and now expanding from a garden to a six-acre organic farm.”
A Monmouth faculty member since 1986, Watson holds a B.A. degree from Carleton College and the University of Illinois, a master’s degree from California State University-San Francisco and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is a past recipient of a Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award at Monmouth. Watson will be formally recognized for his Hatch Award during Homecoming weekend festivities in October.
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.
Nominations for the Hatch Award for Distinguished Teaching are made by alumni, who in retrospect appreciate the impact a particular professor had on their experience beyond Monmouth College. Winners of the award are selected by an alumni vote.