Robert Pampel, Ph.D., is the Director of the Saint Louis University Honors Program. In this role Robert manages the program’s strategic development, which includes collaborating with faculty across the university to deliver distinctive honors experiences for academically talented and intellectually curious students. He also manages alumni relations and works with the enrollment management division to recruit students to the Honors Program. He also oversees SLU’s advising efforts for prestigious national awards (e.g., Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman). He has been at SLU since 2014. Prior to working at SLU, Robert was director of undergraduate admissions and associate director of international recruitment at Webster University in St. Louis. He is also an alumnus of the Orr Fellowship, a postgraduate fellowship that places high-achieving graduates of Indiana colleges and universities with high-growth entrepreneurial ventures in the state.
Robert earned his B.A. in English literature from Valparaiso University, where he also studied in the Honors College (Christ College). He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University, where his research focused on the intersection of Ignatian pedagogy and honors education. He has published on the distinctive qualities of Jesuit honors programs, the relationship between honors education and vocational discernment, and international initiatives in higher education. He currently serves on the national research committee and the publications board of the National Collegiate Honors Council.