Richard Badenhausen, Ph.D

Dean, Honors College

Phone: 801.832.2460


Office Location: Nunemaker Place


Ph.D. University of Michigan Ann Arbor
M.A. University of Michigan Ann Arbor
B.A. Colgate University


A leader in the national Honors community, Richard Badenhausen is past president of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), a 2-time member of the NCHC Board of Directors, and an editorial board member of HIP: Honors in Practice. He has served as an Honors consultant and reviewer at more than 20 colleges and universities around the country and co-chaired the task force that rewrote the national honors standards for the first time is 30 years in 2022. Badenhausen has delivered over 70 national presentations on Honors education and regularly publishes in journals like JNCHC: The Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. In 2011, he was named an NCHC Fellow; and in 2016 he received NCHC?s Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four-Year Institution. Over the past 25 years, Professor Badenhausen has published widely on the work of T. S. Eliot and modernist literature, including T. S. Eliot and the Art of Collaboration (Cambridge UP). At Westminster, he teaches classes in the humanities, theories of place, and trauma studies. He is the 2014 recipient of the college's Gore Excellence in Teaching award and two-time winner of Westminster's Manford A. Shaw Publication Prize. He is married to an attorney and has two children.

Richard Badenhausen