The Department of Geography is proud to announce Professor of Geography Mark Serreze has been named a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor by the Board of Regents. Mark is the director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).
This is the highest honor awarded to faculty across the 4 campuses of the CU system—distinguished professorship. After the CU campuses nominate faculty for the award, President Mark Kennedy then reviews the nominations and, with the recommendation of the Distinguished Professors Committee, forwards the candidates' names to the Board of Regents. In order to receive this distinction, candidates must demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work, have a record of excellence in classroom teaching and supervision of individual learning, and exhibit outstanding leadership and service to the profession. Only 106 faculty members have received the distinguished professorship since its inception in 1977.
“If I have achieved anything in my career that merits this recognition, it is because of the support that I have received from my family, colleagues and the University of Colorado,” said Serreze. “I have had the rare and enviable opportunity at this University to stand not alone, but as one in the midst of excellence.”
Mark received his doctorate in geography from CU Boulder in 1989 for his work in Arctic sea ice variability. Today, his work focuses on the rapid changes occurring in the Arctic. He is one of the most published scientists in his field. His work has significantly improved our understanding of the Arctic’s role in global climate. His books include the award-winning textbook “The Arctic Climate System” and last year’s “Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North,” which has received critical acclaim for its impact on audiences beyond academia. Under his leadership, NSIDC continues to be the world’s leading source for data and information about our planet’s snow and ice.
For additional coverage, see:
-CU Boulder's Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine
-CU System News