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STLCC Faculty to Receive Awards for Teaching Excellence

STLCC faculty members Anthony Clark, Carol Hake, Craig Lincoln and Carolyn Godfrey

Four St. Louis Community College faculty members will receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Missouri Community College Association during the annual convention Nov. 8 in Kansas City, Mo. 

Each year, institutions across the state, including STLCC campuses, present this award to one faculty member who exemplifies effective teaching, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement. Anthony Clark, Carol Hake, Craig Lincoln and Carolyn Godfrey are this year’s honorees. 

Anthony Clark, Ph.D., is a professor of business and economics at Wildwood. 

When asked what he enjoys most about teaching, Clark said, “As a first-generation college student who started at a community college, I have a deep respect for community college students. I’m passionate about economics and business education, and I love nothing more than to see students excel in their college and professional careers.” 

Clark’s doctorate is in natural resources and environmental economics. He holds a master’s degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in business. He also graduated from Jefferson College. 

Carol Hake is an associate professor of English at Florissant Valley. She had made that campus an extension of her family. She began teaching part time at Forest Park and later shared full faculty status with her late husband Jack Hake, who served as associate professor of English until he retired in June 2003. Her son, John Hake, currently is an assistant professor of mathematics at Florissant Valley.

Highlights of her tenure at Florissant Valley include

  • Participating in “Women in Summer” with her Chamber Theatre production of “Three Southern Women.”
  • Working with honors students whose projects were presented locally, regionally and nationally at the honors conference held in Washington, D.C.
  • Serving as co-advisor of Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Coordinating a student performance of a Readers Theatre presentation of excerpts from Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” entitled “A Narrow Line in the Heart.”
  • Compiling Readers Theatre and Chamber Theatre productions in collaboration with Sarah Fielding, associate professor of English, for “Tell Me a Story,” in celebration of Women’s History Month.

In 2018, Hake was the 43rd recipient of the David L. Underwood Memorial Lecture Award and presented “Work in Progress: A Palimpsest.” She has always maintained that she works in the best place – the classroom. 

Craig Lincoln is a professor in physical science at Meramec. He started his education at a community college in New England, which sold him on the idea of community college.  He ended his education with a doctorate in physics from Washington University. His thesis work was an early contribution to LIGO, the world’s largest gravitational wave observatory that recently found gravity waves 100 years after Einstein predicted them.  

Lincoln enjoys travel, camping and kayaking.

Carolyn Godfrey, Ph.D., is a professor of nursing at Forest Park. The 2019 Forest Park Teacher of the Year has been a full-time faculty member for the past 15 years. She currently is co-chair of the district nursing systematic program evaluation curriculum committee, chair of the Forest Park nursing test writing committee, and co-chair of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing self-study report. 

As a former graduate of the STLCC Leadership Academy, various opportunities for growth in the nursing profession existed, and Godfrey seized opportunities to showcase STLCC. She is a regular presenter for the Missouri Hospital Association Clinical Faculty Academy, the STLCC Prep for Success nursing workshops, and a regular volunteer at the Applied Technology Services program held at South County Technical High School to recruit students to the STLCC nursing program. 

Godfrey graduated from Capella University with honors, and received a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education degree in September 2019. 


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