Faculty Spotlight: Chris Calkins

Faculty Spotlight: Chris Calkins Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Photo of Chris Calkins with his grandbaby
Photo of Chris Calkins with his grandbaby
What is your position in the department?

I am a professor in the department.

How long have you worked here?

I've worked here for 40 years.

About Me

I was born and raised in the State of Washington on a very small acreage.  I raised cattle in high school.  My senior year of high school I served as state FFA president.  Then I went to Texas A&M University for a B.S. degree.  I started a M.S. program at Colorado State University but my major professor left for a USDA position after 3 months.  I finished my M.S. at the University of Tennessee.  My Ph.D. was earned at Texas A&M.  I've worked here since graduation.  I have a wife, Ellen, of 44 years, two daughters, and one granddaughter.  Coming to Nebraska was full circle as my Dad was born and raised in Custer County. 

What do you enjoying outside of work?

Running, reading, and spending time with my granddaughter. 

What is something most people don't know about you?

I have run 19 marathons, been accidentally shot, and am named on 6 patents. 

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