Colorado State University
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. 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 joining the Department of Economics in 1984, Bob has served as Department Chair, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Since 2008, 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, 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 are both in graduate school. Bob speaks French competently, Italian just a little, and can order a beer in Vietnamese.