Honors Director Richard Badenhausen
Richard Badenhausen is Professor and Director of Westminster's Honors program. He also holds the Kim T. Adamson Chair, one of the few endowed Honors chairs in the country. Over the past twenty-five years, Prof. Badenhausen has published widely on the work of T. S. Eliot and modernist literature. His book T. S. Eliot and the Art of Collaboration (Cambridge UP) was called by Oxford's Ronald Bush "perhaps the most interesting critical study of Eliot in a decade."
A leader in the national Honors community, Badenhausen is past member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Board of Directors, an NCHC Recommended Site Visitor, an editorial board member of HIP: Honors in Practice, co-chair of the NCHC Publications Board, and co-chair of the NCHC annual convention's Student Interdisciplinary Research Paper program. He regularly visits campuses around the country to consult with colleges and universities on how they might improve their Honors programs.
Badenhausen has delivered more than three dozen national presentations on Honors education and regularly publishes in Honors journals like JNCHC: The Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. In 2011, he was one of seven individuals at the national conference in Phoenix to be named an NCHC Fellow, a designation that "celebrates [his] many contributions not only to our organization but more widely to honors teaching, learning, scholarship, and leadership within the growing international influence of NCHC in higher education," according to NCHC President John Zubizarreta.
At Westminster, he teaches classes in the Humanities, War Literature, Theories of Place, and Trauma Studies. Believing that the first year of college is a student's most important developmentally, Badenhausen works in the classroom almost exclusively with Honors freshmen. That also ensures he knows virtually all 150 students in Westminster's Honors program. He is the 2014 recipient of the college's Gore Excellence in Teaching award, which is given to one faculty member each year at the college's commencement ceremony, and two-time winner of Westminster's Manford A. Shaw Publication Prize for his scholarship on T. S. Eliot.
Badenhausen is an active member of the Salt Lake City community. He coached a girls' youth soccer team for seven years and is the chair of the Board of Trustees at Rowland Hall, one of the top independent college preparatory schools in the Intermountain West. He is married to an attorney and has two children, though he seems to spend most of his time with his devoted golden retriever Scout. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
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