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Richard Badenhausen is dean of the Honors College at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He is currently president of the NCHC, member of the NCHC Board of Directors, an NCHC Recommended Site Visitor, an editorial board member of HIP: Honors in Practice, former co-chair of the NCHC Publications Board, and chair of the 2018 NCHC conference. The 2016 winner of NCHC's Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four-Year Institution, Badenhausen is also an NCHC Fellow.  He is the author of T.S. Eliot and the Art of Collaboration (Cambridge UP) and the 2014 recipient of Westminster College's Gore Excellence in Teaching award.

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Web Coordinator of the Northeast Regional Honors Council

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Chamberlain is an historian by trade. He has directed the Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State since 2007. In that time, the program has grown from 900 to nearly 1600 and has gone from one small living/learning center to several across campus. The Meijer Honors College now has twelve full-time faculty on staff. He has also served as president of the Mid-East Honors Association.
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Honors faculty 9 years, Honors administration since 2010.  I specialize in first year experiences, service learning, study abroad, faculty development, and leadership.

Gene is the Online Learning Manager (aka Blackboard God/Guru) at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY. He has also been a part of EKU's Honors Program since 1995, and has attended almost all NCHC conferences since then. At this conference he is presenting a poster titled "Discussion Boards are Old Hat!,” describing how wikis and virtual tours can be used in classroom teaching. Gene holds a Ph. D. in philosophy and has taught classroom and online courses in philosophy and in honors.

I direct the Utah State University Honors Program, teach honors students and English majors, and publish research on wartime Anglo-American literature and culture and Honors education. 

I've been with NCHC since August 2014, and have served the organization in a number of roles. I have been the Executive Director of NCHC since March 2017.

My professional background involves serving as the state association director for Community Action of Nebraska, a nonprofit with nine agencies providing services to families and children living in poverty. The association compiled data as required by state and federal law, collaborated and published reports on effective methods of poverty reduction, and provided testimony to state and federal policy makers specific to impacting guidelines for eligibility of services.

I also taught high school English, working for 14 years in the public school system. While teaching, I sponsored the yearbook staff, coached almost everything except football, and even taught middle school Spanish for a couple of years. 

I'm a mom of four (almost) adults. With the youngest just graduating from high school this last spring, I find I have more time than ever before!  I like gardening, reading, firepit/fireplace conversations, and spending time with a really great group of people (either my large extended family or the amazing people that I have in my support and work networks)!


Kathleen Sullivan Stephens holds the B.A. and M.A. in English from Baylor University and the Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University. She began her teaching career in 1992 at a community college, Central Texas College in Killeen, and has been at Richland College (part of the Dallas County Community College District) since 2014. She is the author of Women Characters in Baseball Literature: A Critical Study (McFarland 2005), Our White Boy with co-author Jerry Craft (Texas Tech UP 2010) and Pitching for the Stars: My Seasons Across the Color Line with Jerry Craft (Texas Tech UP 2013). A stage play version of Our White Boy with co-author Nancy Munger received a staged reading at Echo Theater in Dallas in October 2018 under the direction of Michael Scudday and at KD Studio in Dallas in May 2019 under the direction of Willie Minor. Kathleen and Nancy are currently working on another staged reading of the play for the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Dallas. Kathleen directs the Honors Program, Honors Study Abroad, Phi Theta Kappa IHC courses, and Learning Communities at Richland College.

I recruit, manage, and and administer student admission to the honors college I organize and facilitate Honors Visit Day, Christ College sessions for all campus visit days, and sessions at student orientation in June. I additionally provide on-site presentations to high schools when it is requested and serve as the liaison between the honors college and the Office of Admission. I am also the sponsor of the Christ College Student Advisory Board and the coordinator for co-curricular student activities. An additional facet of my job includes corresponding with and supporting our CC National Alumni Council, coordinating alumni reading groups in cities across the country, and managing donor thank you letters. I assist the Dean with communications, scheduling and other administrative tasks, and I manage the budget and business affairs of the honors college as well as managing day-to-day office processes and functions. I coordinate special events, conferences, and lectures and I serve as a liaison with the Offices of Advancement and Finance and the Offices of the President and Provost, as well as other campus entities. I am also responsible for supervising and scheduling our student assistants. 



John Zubizarreta is Professor of English, Director of Honors and Faculty Development, and former Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Columbia College. He is the 2010 Carnegie Foundation/CASE U.S. Professor of the Year for Baccalaureate Colleges and the 1994 CASE Professor for South Carolina. In 2017, he was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education as a national top-ten classroom innovator, and in 2018 he received the NCHC Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four-Year Institution. He has led faculty development workshops, presented papers, and delivered keynote addresses worldwide on American and comparative literatures, teaching and learning, faculty and administrative evaluation, and honors education. Author or co-author of several books on disciplinary subjects and pedagogy, including two NCHC monographs, John is a Past President of NCHC and SRHC, an NCHC-approved program reviewer, a former member of the NCHC Board of Directors, and Co-Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.


Two veteran honors educators will lead a discussion about creative ways to integrate the arts into your courses and programs (no matter what you teach!). We’ll offer concrete examples of how we’ve disrupted and invigorated our teaching by thinking like artists and we’ll encourage others to share their approaches.
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Faculty members from various fields discuss their use of primary sources to promote interdisciplinary thinking and facilitate deep engagement with the range of human experiences. This session will allow you to share your experiences, ask questions, and gain new ideas on how to develop interdisciplinary honors courses.

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NCHC President Richard Badenhausen will make his Presidential Address. Steve Engel, NCHC Treasurer, will report on the financial state of the organization. All NCHC members are encouraged to attend this address and the Business Meeting. Members will also have the opportunity to meet and nominate candidates for the 2020 Board of Directors.
Partners in the Parks is an NCHC-sponsored project that offers experiential opportunities for honors students to engage in our national parks and monuments. This meeting is for current Partners in the Parks committee members and for anyone interested in learning more about the program.
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The NCHC Publications Board gathers for its annual conference meeting; interested potential members and authors are invited to attend.

An interdisciplinary team will share their vision of what honors social sciences can look like along with strategies and resources for strengthening curriculum at your home institution. Participants will create their "dream social science core", and consider how best to implement changes at their home institutions.   

In this session, you will experience how to use “Theory U” in honors education, in short programs, or honors semesters. Processing the "U" teaches you to break free from traditional thinking, offers tools for developing personal leadership, building learning teams and finding solutions for complex (social) issues.

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