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Kenneth A. Barbarick

Portrait of Ken Barbarick

Degrees Awarded

  • B.S. University of Arizona – 1974
  • M.S. University of Arizona – 1975
  • Ph.D. Colorado State University – 1979
  • Years at CSU – 1979-2017


Awards and Recognition

  • Gardner Faculty Award, 2006-2010
  • USPEA Clean Water Act National Recognition Award, 2005
  • USDA-NASULGC Excellence in Teaching Award, West. Reg., 2004
  • USPEA Clean Water Act National Recognition Award, 2003
  • University Distinguished Teaching Scholar CSU, 2001
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, Senior Faculty Award of Merit, 2000
  • Co-winner Am. Metro. Sewerage Assoc. Nat. Env. Achievement Award with Cities of Littleton and Englewood, CO, 2000
  • Co-winner USEPA National Wastewater Management Research Award with cities Littleton and Englewood, CO, 1999
  • Rocky Mountain Water Environment Assoc., State of CO Biosolids Management Merit Award, 1998
  • ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Internship, 1993-1994
  • Fellow Soil Science America, 1992
  • USEPA Outstanding Achievement Award, Region VIII, 1991
  • Fellow American Society of Agronomy, 1991
  • Soil Science Education Award, Soil Sci. Soc. of Am., 1991
  • Agronomic Resident Education Award, Am. Soc. of Agron., 1990
  • NACTA Teacher Fellow Award, 1988
  • USEPA Beneficial Sewage Sludge Use Award, 1988
  • CIBA-GEIGY Award American Society of Agronomy, 1987
  • CSU Shepardson Faculty Teaching Award, 1984
  • CSU Alumni Faculty Award for Teaching, 1982
  • CSU Agronomy Club Outstanding Professor Award, 1981, 1984, 1995, 2001, 2008

Dr. Ken Barbarick was born in Arizona and graduated from Mingus High School in 1969. After completing his Ph.D. degree at CSU, Ken joined the CSU Agronomy Department as an Assistant Professor in 1979 and retired in 2017 as Associate Dean for Agriculture (Academic Programs).


Professor Barbarick had an incredibly impactful teaching career!  He taught the high enrollment Introductory Soil Science course at CSU from 1979 to 2017. His teaching skill made his large Introductory Soil Science course feel like a small-class experience. Taking photos of the students and learning their names was the first step in the process. He routinely taught 3 or 4 lab sections out of the 8 offered where he had personal contact with individual students. Frequent exams based on behavioral objectives were one of his most effective tools; he gives 10 exams, weekly quizzes, plus a final each semester to keep students on task.

Ken received his most prestigious teaching award in 2001, when he was named a “University Distinguished Teaching Scholar”.  His having received both ASA – “Agronomic Resident Education Award” (1990) and the SSSA- “Soil Science Education Award” (1991) evidences national recognition of his teaching prowess.  Ken served as ASA President in 2012, but perhaps even more impactful was his unselfish service to our Society’s publication mission. He provided continuous service and leadership to ASA publications for a total of 21 years!  He served on the Editorial Board of the Agronomy Journal as Associate Editor, Tech Editor –Soils, and Editor, and then served six years as ASA Editor-in-Chief.  In retirement, he serves as Editor of “Natural Sciences Education”.


Dr. Barbarick’s research had an immediate application in the “real world” of biosolids as evidenced by his 34 years of collaborative work with the cities of Littleton and Englewood CO for which he received several USEPA Awards.  He also was a highly respected member of the W-170 Regional Research Committee.  Ken authored or co-authored 90+ Refereed publications, 65+ Agric. Exp. Stn. Reports; a Study Guide to Introductory Soil Science in its 9th Edition; and a Laboratory Manual that is in its 10th Edition; plus numerous non-refereed proceedings and outreach publications.

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