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Richard Badenhausen

Dean of the Honors College, Westminster University


Richard Badenhausen is Founding Dean of the Honors College at Westminster University in Salt Lake City. He has held numerous roles at Westminster over two decades, including the Kim T. Adamson Endowed Chair and service for fourteen months as interim provost. Before moving to Westminster in 2001, Badenhausen ran the honors program at Marshall University. He is a Past President of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the largest and oldest membership organization devoted to honors education. Badenhausen is also a two-time member of the NCHC Board of Directors, an editorial board member of HIP: Honors in Practice, and a member of the organization’s Publications Board. In 2022, he co-chaired the task force that rewrote the national honors education standards for the first time in thirty years, resulting in the “Shared Principles and Practices of Honors Education.”

In 2011, Badenhausen was named an NCHC Fellow; and in 2016 he received NCHC’s Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four-Year Institution, which is awarded to one national honors leader annually. He is the editor of Honors Colleges in the 21st Century (2023), which brings together the work of 56 authors representing 45 different institutions.

Over the past 25 years, Badenhausen has published widely on the work of T. S. Eliot and modernist literature, including T. S. Eliot and the Art of Collaboration (Cambridge University Press). At Westminster, he teaches classes in the humanities. He is the 2014 recipient of Westminster’s Gore Excellence in Teaching award and two-time winner of Westminster’s Manford A. Shaw Publication Prize for scholarly work. He has a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in British Literature from University of Michigan.

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