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Spring 2022: Mediterranean Exploration
Academic Dean

Bob Kling

Bob Kling is a microeconomist and environmental economist with a passion for international education and experiential travel. He has been visiting faculty member at the University of Montpellier (France), the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary), the University of Naples (Italy), and the Foreign Trade University (Vietnam). His first voyage with Semester at Sea, with family in tow, was in Fall 1998; then Bob was Academic Dean for the Spring 2017 voyage. Bob has co-led two Alternative Spring Break student service trips to Panama and has been part of CSU outreach teams in Benin and Côte d’Ivoire. Since 2017, Bob has served as Senior Academic Officer for the CSU-SAS academic partnership.

Since joining the Department of Economics in 1984, Bob has served as Department Chair, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies. From 2008 to 2015, in partnership with Vietnam’s Foreign Trade University (FTU), he has directed the CSU-FTU Vietnam Economics Curriculum Program, under which regular CSU courses are taught on the FTU campus in Hanoi, FTU lecturers are mentored in course development, and FTU students transfer to CSU to complete their degrees. Bob’s research interests have focused on the economics of land management, valuation of historic resources, and regulatory strategy. He has earned CSU’s Cermak Advising Award, Liberal Arts Distinction in Outreach Award, International Programs Distinguished Service Award, Liberal Arts Outstanding Service Award, and FTU’s Distinguished Service Medal.

Bob is an amateur stonemason, an adventurous cook, a haphazard gardener, and a casual reader of science fiction. His spouse Celeste is an attorney, mediator, and CSU adjunct instructor; their offspring Matthew and Alexis sailed as “ship kids” in 1998, and now are (respectively) an ecological scientist and a social justice doctor.  Bob speaks French competently, Italian just a little, and can order a beer in Vietnamese.