Montana State University

Department of Political Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172240
Bozeman, MT 59717-2240

Tel: (406) 994-4141
Fax: (406) 994-6692
Location: 2-143 Wilson Hall

Department Head

Linda Young

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Ian C.P. Godwin, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ian C.P. Godwin
E d.D., Montana State University, 2008

Curriculum: Research methodology


PSCI 200 - Conducting Political Inquiry

Research Agenda: Administration of higher education,
geographic diffusion patterns of web-based distance education,
graduate education

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




Educational Background

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. After completing all of the requirements for the master’s degree except his thesis, 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 Ian has also worked as an instructor and course director for Outward Bound and began doing contract work for the Organizational Wide Leadership Solutions in 2005.

Ian has taught courses in research methods and distance education at the graduate level in the Department of Education at MSU and is currently teaching undergraduate research methods as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science.


Research methodology.


PSCI 200 - Introduction to Conducting Political Inquiry (Spring)

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: