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Jack R. Fenwick

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Degrees Awarded

  • B.S. Purdue University – 1960
  • M.S. Purdue University – 1976
  • Ph.D. Purdue University – 1976


Awards and Recognition

  • “Pat on the Back”, Excellence in Teaching, Associated Students, CSU, 1980
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Agronomy Club, 1981, 1982, 1993, 1994 and 2004
  • Alumni Honor Faculty award, College of Agriculture, 1986
  • Jack Cermak Advising Award, College of Agricultural Sciences , 1986
  • Undergraduate Outstanding Advising Award, Alpha Zeta, 1987
  • Academic Advising Award, 1987
  • Charles A. Shepardson Faculty Teaching Award, College of Agricultural Sciences, 1991
  • Outstanding Faculty member, Farmhouse Fraternity, 1992
  • Outstanding Teaching, Leadership and Service Award, Mortar Board, 1995
  • Oliver Pennock Distinguished Service Award, CSU, 2000
  • Teacher Fellow Award, NACTA, 2000
  • Meritorious Faculty Award, College of Agricultural Sciences and Colorado Farm Bureau, 2001
  • Crop Science Teaching Award, Crop Science Society of America, 2003
  • Agronomic Resident Education Award, American Society of Agronomy, 2003
  • Greek Life Faculty Educator Award, CSU, 2005
  • Fellow, American Society of Agronomy, 2006

Jack Fenwick grew up on a farm in northwestern Indiana where production of corn, soybeans and livestock occupied his early life.  His 4-H projects in coordination with his Vocational Agriculture teacher influenced him to enroll in the School of Agriculture at Purdue University.  He earned a B.S. degree in 1960 and then taught Vocational Agriculture and Biology at Remington, Indiana High School for three years.  He returned to Purdue where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy.


Dr. Wayne Keim successfully recruited Jack to join the faculty of Agronomy at CSU as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Resident Instruction program in 1976, where he also had the role of Administrative Assistant to the Department Head.  For 33 years Dr. Fenwick provided effective teaching leadership in the Department and College.  He started “practicing” retirement in a transitional appointment on 1 July 2009.


Dr. Fenwick taught the General Crops course for more than three decades and was co-creator of two innovative, highly successful, team-taught senior level classes in Crop and Soil Management Systems.  Jack has served as the Department’s key undergraduate student advisor during his tenure at CSU.  This role included being the Department’s lead recruiter, which he has done at exceptional level; when enrollment in Agronomy programs across the nation declined to historic lows, the Soil and Crop Sciences program has now grown back to a position of strength.  In addition, he has been the “sparkplug” for a super successful Agronomy Club.  As if this wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Jack effectively represented the Department on the College Curriculum Committee for over 25 years.


Dr. Jack Fenwick is truly a student’s friend.  Numbers can never reflect Jack’s effectiveness as an advisor; he has truly shaped many students’ lives with his solid advice and caring manner.  When any of our faculty members meet Department alums, the first question is, “How is Dr. Fenwick doing?” and followed by the statement “He really made a difference for me during my time at CSU”.

Dr. Jack Fenwick has touched the lives of more students in the modern history of the Department than any other faculty member; he is the epitome of the legend status.

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