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2015-16 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

Judith Green - Education

Professor Green joined the faculty of the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara in 1990. A “socially committed academic,” Professor Green focuses her teaching and research on “teaching-learning relationships, disciplinary knowledge as socially constructed, and ethnographic research and discourse studies of the patterns of everyday life in classroom.” She encourages collaboration and her students see her as a wise counselor, adviser, cultural guide, and advocate.

In her 25-year career at UCSB, Professor Green has mentored 54 doctoral and MA students. She has built mentoring communities of 16 visiting scholars with her students and colleagues. Her mentees have excelled in careers in academia and education worldwide. Many of them became teachers from the elementary level to high schools to universities, and some have become deans, professors, directors, and a president. Most recently one of her former students was named the 2015 Biotechnology Educator of the Year by the California Life Sciences Association, who was also named the Women’s Hall of Fame in Alameda County.

When students are asked to describe Professor Green, her life-changing influence is a recurring theme. One student states: “Our work together…reshaped my life course and views of the world.” Another doctoral student shares: “when I was debating whether to continue or quit graduate school…[i]t was Dr. Green…who had a tremendous impact on my decision to continue pursuing a Ph.D. She considers her time with students and mentees not as a burden, but as a time to develop ideas and learn together.”

Colleagues complimented that Professor Green “has been a model of a mentor that stops at nothing to support her students,” and “commits wholeheartedly and in great depth, intellectually and socially, to our graduate students—at the recruitment stage, during their graduate career and throughout their professional careers—because she cares deeply.”

For her commitment and exemplary mentorship of graduate students, Professor Judith Green is awarded an Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. Congratulations!