Colorado State University is home to more than 1,700 full-time faculty spread across eight colleges. Their research productivity ranks among the highest in the country for research universities without a medical school, and research expenditures hit a record $447.2 million in 2021.
In 2021, CSU generated more than $4 million in license revenue, 96 disclosed inventions, 62 issued patents, 47 license agreements and five startup companies. In the area of outreach and engagement, there are 55 CSU Extension offices serving every county in Colorado.
Colorado State faculty have a strong history of earning national and international acclaim. In 2021, Jan Leach and Robin Reid brought the number of CSU faculty members elected to the National Academy of Sciences to more than a dozen. Leach, a University Distinguished Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is a plant pathologist with expertise in the molecular basis of plant disease susceptibility and an international authority on how to stabilize disease resistance and reduce crop loss. Reid, a professor in the Warner College of Natural Resources, uses science as a catalyst for social change that promotes sustainability, engaging cross-disciplinary teams working on linked social-ecological systems around the world.
Dr. Sue VandeWoude, who was named to the National Academy of Sciences in 2019 and is a University Distinguished Professor, is now dean of CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which is ranked third in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
The title of University Distinguished Professor is the highest academic recognition awarded by the University and is bestowed upon a small number of full professors at any one time based on outstanding scholarship and achievement. Professors hold the distinction for the duration of their association with Colorado State University. The purposes of the University Distinguished Professorships are to confer honor upon faculty members for outstanding scholarship and to symbolize the continuing commitment of Colorado State University to the pursuit of excellence.
Temple Grandin (pictured above at the equine center with her namesake on the CSU foothills campus), renowned as a leader in the field of humane animal handling and autism advocacy, has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She has been called CSU’s One-of-a-Kind Mind. Grandin was included in The 2010 Time Magazine 100 list of people who most affect the world, and her remarkable life was the subject of an Emmy Award-winning HBO movie, Temple Grandin.
Current and past CSU faculty have been named to the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, American Academy of Poets, and other national and international scholarly societies, and have been honored with prizes including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Templeton Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, Tyler Prize, and more.