Professor Dr. Keith Clarke selected for 2018 Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award

Photo Courtesy of Keith Clarke


UCGIS is pleased to announce that Dr. Keith C. Clarke, Professor in our Department of Geography at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has been selected for the 2018 Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award. In his 20+ year tenure at UCSB, Dr. Clarke had advised dozens of graduate students, many of whom sought him out for his steady and supportive guidance. His students and colleagues alike note his generosity with his time and his commitment and encouragement of their own professional development. Says one, “In spite of a hectic schedule and heavy responsibilities, Keith always managed to find time to help me with questions regarding teaching, curriculum, professionalism, and, above all, mentoring.” In 2015, the UCSB Faculty Senate also awarded him their Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award.

UCGIS will honor Keith Clarke and other award recipients during its annual Symposium in May 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award was established by UCGIS in 2015 to recognize an individual who demonstrates exceptional mentoring abilities and practices. Professor Carolyn Merry embodied the spirit of a mentor by sharing her wisdom and experience with colleagues, particularly junior scholars, as a scientist, educator, and academic leader. Professor emerita of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University, Dr. Merry was known for her scholarship and leadership in remote sensing and geographic information science. The goal of the Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award is to recognize the commitment she demonstrated to mentoring and the investment of others who share this philosophy.

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