Dr. Adam Buhman-Wiggs Named Educator of the Year | Benedictine College

Dr. Adam Buhman-Wiggs Named Educator of the Year

Published: Friday, April 29, 2016

Photo of Adam Buhman-Wiggs, 2016 Educator of the YearBenedictine College has announced that the 2016 Distinguished Educator of the Year is Dr. Adam Buhman-Wiggs, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. The award, which is the highest honor a faculty member at the college can receive, has been given for more than 30 years.  Buhman-Wiggs was nominated for the distinction by Benedictine College students, faculty and staff.

“The Educators of the Year are a top-notch crowd. This is my eleventh year here and I’ve been delighted to see the folks who have won. They’re a really impressive group and being counted among them is a real honor,” Buhman-Wiggs said.

Buhman-Wiggs graduated from Benedictine College in 1989. He initially studied to be a professional actor, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from Purdue University. He then turned to psychology, earning his Master of Science degree from Central Missouri State University in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2002. He is a licensed psychologist in Kansas and a licensed professional counselor in Missouri.

He joined the faculty at Benedictine College in the fall of 2005. He teaches General Psychology, Introduction to Counseling, Health Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Tests & Measurement. His research interests include psychopathology, personality, human emotion and supporting the research pursuits of Benedictine students.

“With nominations coming from students, I can only assume that whatever I’m doing must be working for them,” said Buhman-Wiggs. “I try to communicate fairly consistently to my students that they are a priority in my professional life and that their learning is extremely important to me. I try to be very responsive and collaborative.”

“Dr. Buhman-Wiggs’ passion for psychology and insight into the material is fascinating and captivating in class,” said sophomore Monica McDonough. “He approaches the material in the light of Benedictine values and frequently explains the Catholic understanding of the concepts!”

Buhman-Wiggs said he feels that faith and reason inevitably intersect and he tries to point out teachable examples of that in his classes.

“I bring that out for the students and I think they find it reassuring,” he said. “To me it’s essential to what it means to teach in a Liberal Arts institution. To help them recognize that truth is truth.”

Buhman-Wiggs elicited rave reviews from his peers as well as students.

“He is a great educator, truly values the Benedictine traditions, and has contributed to making Benedictine College better,” said Lanny Leroy, assistant professor in the Department of Health, Wellness and Exercise Sciences and the Director of Athletic Training.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the past four years as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by the Newman Guide and First Things magazine.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.