Montana State University

Ian C.P. Godwin, Ed.D.
Director of Administration & Finance

Office: Room 117, Sherrick Hall 
Phone: 406-994-2671 

Educational Background

C.A.S., Welding Technology, Montana State University

Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Montana State University 

M.S., Earth Sciences, Montana State University 

B.A., Geography, University of Washington


After graduating from the University of Washington, Ian served as an Officer in the United States Marines Corps. Upon resigning his commission, Ian moved to Bozeman to pursue a master’s degree in the Earth Sciences. Upon completion of the coursework for the master’s degree, Ian moved to the greater Washington, D.C. area to teach middle school science for two years. Regaining his geographic sense he returned to Bozeman and served as the Assistant Headmaster of a small independent school for a year prior to beginning work at Montana State University in 1999 (and completing his thesis, The Physiographic Components of Trail Erosion, in 2000). After assisting in the development of the grant proposal for the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program and the awarding of the grant in 2002, he assumed the duties as Administrative Program Manager. In 2006 Ian accepted a position in the College of Nursing as the Director of Administration and Finance, providing him with greater opportunity to apply his training in higher education administration. In December of 2008 Ian completed his dissertation, Distance Delivered Education at Montana State University - Supplementing or Supplanting Campus Registrations: An Exploration of Changing Patterns Over Time, and was awarded a doctoral degree in education.

Since 1992 through 2008, Ian also worked as an instructor and course director for the Colorado Outward Bound School and began doing contract work for Organizational Wide Leadership Solutions in 2005.

Ian has served as an Assistant Teaching Professor and taught Applied Educational Research (EDCI 506), Distance Education (EDLD 580), the Organization & Administration of Higher Education (EDLD510), the History & Philosophy of Higher Education (EDLD 505), and the budgeting and finance portion of Resource & Program Management (EDLD 513) at the graduate level in the Department of Education and has taught undergraduate research methods (PSci 200) in the Department of Political Science at MSU.

Research Agenda

Administration of higher education, geographic diffusion patterns in higher education, web-based distance education, graduate education

Recent Publications

Godwin, I. C. (2008). Distance Delivered Education at Montana State University - Supplementing or Supplanting Campus Registrations: An Exploration of Changing Patterns Over Time (Doctoral dissertation, Montana State University, 2008). (UMI No. 3337096) Available at:

Lockhart, M. & Godwin, I. C. (2007). Transforming how Courses are Delivered: Providing a Foundation for Faculty in how to Design Effective Distance Education Classes. Journal of Faculty Development. 21(2).

Godwin, I. C. (2007). GRE Variability between Departments: Decentralizing to have Inputs Match Output? [White paper]. Available on request.

Johnson, J. D. & Godwin, I. C. (2006). Ice Climbing. In R. Buckley (ed.), Adventure Tourism. Oxford: CABI Publishing.

Godwin, I. C. (2000). Physiographic Components of Trail Erosion. Unpublished master's thesis, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Available at: