William Urban, the Lee L. Morgan Professor of History and International Studies at Monmouth College, received the prestigious Hatch Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Research at the college’s April 29 Honors Convocation.
A member of the Monmouth history department since 1966, Urban’s “work is recognized around the world,” said faculty colleague Chris Goble while presenting the Hatch Award at the convocation. “His books are standard reading across central and Eastern Europe. He is an international expert on military history, especially the Baltic Crusades and the history of mercenaries.”
Wrote Urban’s nominator: Giving the Hatch Award to this “prolific” professor would be “not only acknowledgment of his recent publications, but also … a tribute to a career of almost 50 years demonstrating a dedication to Monmouth’s goals of faculty excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, and campus service.”
Nominated by fellow faculty members, Hatch Award candidates are selected based on participation 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. A committee of past winners selects the current Hatch Award winner.
Funded by 1957 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.