A 50-year study, 1960-2010 by Xingjian Liu and F. Benjamin Zhan published in The Professional Geographer, ranks CU Geography 3rd in the placement of doctoral graduates in faculty positions at PhD-granting geography programs. UC-Berkeley and Ohio State rank 1 and 2, respectively. During the recent 20-year period ending 2010, CU Geography is ranked 4th.
Liu, Xingjian and F. Benjamin Zhan (2012) "Productivity of Doctoral Graduate Placement Among PhD-Granting Geography Programs in the United States: 1960-2010." The Professional Geographer 64(4): 475-490.