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2014-15 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

Keith Clarke - Geography

Professor Keith Clarke has served on the faculty of the Department of Geography since 1996. Since coming to UCSB, he has served on a total of 54 Ph.D. committees, including 14 as chair and dozens more Master’s committees (10 as chair). He is praised not only for the large volume of graduate students he has mentored, but also for the exceptional quality of his mentoring. Professor Clarke has also been very successful in placing many of his graduates, and his advisees have gone to work at a wide range of sites, including the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oracle, and academic positions at a number of prestigious universities around the world.

Professor Clarke’s students attest that he is not only a renowned geographer but also a dedicated “advisor and role model.” He is noted for his “enthusiasm for students” and one writes that he “gets excited about my ideas with me.” He “not only teaches but builds self-confidence in his students.” He receives particular praise from his international students for providing extra support for their transition here. And a former student of his who now holds an associate professor appointment states, “Keith was an absolutely outstanding mentor to me, not only in the past when I was in graduate school, but even today, eight years after graduating.”

Finally, the chair of his department writes, “When Professor Keith Clarke first interviewed at UCSB, the answer he gave me when asked why he was applying was that he wanted better access to higher quality graduate students than were available at Clark University, where he was a professor for 14 years. He has most certainly achieved this goal, and done it well. He is well deserving of this award.”

For his dedication and exemplary mentorship of graduate students Keith Clarke is awarded an Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. Congratulations!