Karen Beardsley

Photo: Karen Beardsley

Director, Global Professional Programs, July 2016-Present

Professor, Environmental Science and Policy

Duties: The Director of Global Professional Programs, reporting to the Associate Vice Provost for Global Education and Services, Global Affairs, is responsible for the management of sponsored scholars and professionals and development of special projects that support UC Davis’ internationalization efforts. The director oversees all aspects of the sponsored programs in the portfolio, including the Humbert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, Mandela Washington Fellowship and Fulbright Scholar Programs, including the proposal process, budgeting, financial projections, promotion, publicity, and program development. The director identifies and develops proposals to bring new sponsored programs into the Global Affairs portfolio and to the campus. The director promotes collaboration between the sponsored programs and other units in the Global Affairs portfolio and seeks linkages with other campus units and the community to obtain the maximum benefit of the presence of the fellows and scholars on campus.


Ph.D. University of California, Davis

M.S. University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S. University of California, Davis

Contact: (530) 752-8691, kbeardsley@ucdavis.edu

Welcome Karen Beardsley, Director, Sponsored Programs and Special Projects

We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Beardsley as the Director of Sponsored Programs and Special Projects in Global Affairs. Karen’s program management experience, and leadership will serve Global Affairs and the campus well. We are excited to have her join our Global Affairs team.

Karen is a Geographer and GIS expert who joined UC Davis in 1993. She recently served as the Managing Director of the Information Center for the Environment (ICE) in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and will continue to serve as the Director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at UC Davis. Her research includes modeling environmental impacts of land use policies in California and integrating wildlife conservation and land use planning practices in Kenya. Last year Karen received a two-semester Fulbright Core Scholarship to develop geographic information system (GIS) curriculum, teach GIS, and train local faculty to teach GIS at the Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan. You can read further about her previous work in Bhutan as well as her future plans with her Fulbright Scholarship in the following article: Building GIS Education in Bhutan. Karen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya from 1986-88, as a secondary school math and science teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from UC Davis, her master's degree in Geography from UC Santa Barbara and completed her PhD in Geography at UC Davis.