Distinguished Faculty

The University of Colorado at Boulder boasts of its many faculties who have gained national and international prominence due to their excellence in teaching, world-class research, and service to their professions and the community.

Distinguished Professors

Laws of the Regents, Article 9.B.1., states: "…the designation of "distinguished professor" is bestowed on university faculty members who have distinguished themselves as exemplary teachers, scholars, and public servants, and who have extraordinary international importance and recognition."

According to University Administrative Policy Statement "Procedures for Implementing Regent Actions on Distinguished Professorships," the title "Distinguished Professor" is the highest honor that the University of Colorado bestows on its own faculty members. The "Distinguished Professor" title is extended to recognize the outstanding contributions of University of Colorado faculty members to their academic disciplines. "

"Candidates recommended for a distinguished professorship must demonstrate accomplishments in accordance with the following University-wide criteria:

The very nature of the title "distinguished" implies that there will be a limited number of faculty holding this title. It is intended to signify a select group of faculty members who are leaders in their respective fields as attested to by national or international recognition and/or their significant public service achievements."

The Boulder campus active and retired distinguished Professors are listed below by year of designation. A list of our deceased Distinguished Professors follows.

Active

Christopher N. Bowman, Ph.D
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Designation 2012
James "Casey" Hynes, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Designation 2012
Pierre Schlag, J.D.
School of Law
Designation 2012
Zoya Popovic
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
Designation 2010
Lorrie Shepard
School of Education
Designation 2010
Margaret Tolbert
CIRES and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Designation 2010
Kristi S. Anseth
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Designation 2008
Margaret M. Murnane
JILA & Department of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Designation 2008
Norman R. Pace
Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology Designation 2008
Linda M. R. Watkins, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology & Center for Neurosciences
Designation 2006
James R. Markusen, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
Designation 2006
Margaret A. Eisenhart, Ph.D.
School of Education
Designation 2004
Jane Menken, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
Designation 2002
Steven Maier, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Designation 2001
Marvin Caruthers, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry / Biochemistry
Designation 2000
Frank S. Barnes, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
Designation 1997
Carl Wieman
Physics
Designation 1997
Charles F. Wilkinson, LL.B.
School of Law
Designation 1997
Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry / Biochemistry
Designation 1989
Carl Lineberger
Department of Chemistry / Biochemistry
Designation 1985

Retired

Barbara Alpern Engel
Department of History
Designation 2005
Andrzej Ehrenfeucht, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science
Designation 2006
Richard Jessor
Institute of Behavioral Science
Designation 2005
Fred W. Glover
Leeds School of Business
Designation 2005
Roger G. Barry, Ph.D.
Department of Geography
Designation 2004
Delbert S. Elliott, Ph.D.
Institute of Behavioral Science
Designation 2004
William B. Wood, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Designation 2002
J. Richard McIntosh, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Designation 2000
Allan McMurray
College of Music
Designation 2004
Marjorie K. McIntosh, Ph.D.
Department of History
Designation 2000
Richard McCray, Ph.D.
Department of Astrophysical / Planetary Sciences
Designation 1997
Robert L. Linn, Ph.D.
School of Education
Designation 1995
Wolfgang Schmidt, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics
Designation 1988

Deceased

Hazel E. Barnes, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy
Kenneth Boulding, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
James S. (Stan) Brakhage
Department of Film Studies
Stuart Cook, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Institute of Behavioral Science
Stanley Cristol, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemistry / Biochemistry
Stephen Fischer-Galati, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of History
Designation 1983
David Hawkins, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy
Keith R. Porter, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of MCD Biology
David Prescott, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Designation 1980
Gilbert White, Ph.D.
Department of Geography

Other Distinguished Faculty

Members of the CU-Boulder faculty have received national and international recognition for achievements in teaching, research and creative work, and service. Our faculty includes Nobel Prize recipients, National Academies members and MacArthur Fellows, to name a few. For more information about these and other honors among our faculty, visit: http://www.colorado.edu/news/facts/faculty-excellence

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