Kelly Clark/Keefe is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont, where she engages in teaching and service activities across the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences. Kelly’s research brings material feminist, posthumanist and poststructural perspectives of embodiment, agency, subjectivity and language to bear on a range of overlapping topics including: the physicality of educational subjectivity, sociocultural studies of stratified versions of schooling and college access, and conceptual analyses of educational leadership pedagogy. Kelly’s research interests also extend to the study of the social sciences themselves, whereby she engages philosophies of language and affect to argue the usefulness of embodied, arts-informed methodologies.
Research and/or Creative Works
Clark/Keefe, K., (2009). Mnemosyne (published research-related painting and accompanying essay). Acrylic on canvas; approx. 48” X 26”. Image reproduced throughout text and selected as cover art in Ellis, C. (2009). Revisions: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life, Work, and Critical Review, Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. I
Clark/Keefe, K., (2011). About Isabelle (published research-related painting and accompanying essay): Acrylic on canvas; approx. 9” X 12. Image reproduced in text and painting selected for cover art in Glesne, C. (2011). Becoming qualitative researchers: An introduction (4th ed.). Reading, MA: Longman.). I
Haines, S., Tinkler, A., Clark/Keefe, K., Kotsiopoulos, A., Shepherd, K. & Gerstl-Pepin, C. (2017). “let’s just stop and take a breath”: An organic approach to mindfulness practice in a high poverty elementary school. LEARNing Landscapes Journal, 10(2), 189-205.
Clark/Keefe, K. & Gilway, J. (2016). Attuning to the interstices of arts-based research and the expressive arts: An experiment in expanding the possibilities for creative approaches to inquiry. Learning Landscapes, 9(2), 159-180.
Clark/Keefe, K. (2014a). Becoming artist, becoming educated, becoming undone: Toward a nomadic perspective of college student identity development. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 7(1), 110-134. DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2012.737048.
Clark/Keefe, K. (2014b). Registering Rachel: Untamed artistic arrivals in the crease of educational ‘conformativity’. Mixed media visual artwork with accompanying essay in Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art, 3(2), 168-170. DOI: 10.5406/visuartsrese.38.2.0110.
Clark/Keefe, K. (2014c). Suspended animation: Attuning to material-discursive data and attending via art making during somatographic inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry 20(6), 790-800. DOI: 10.1177/1077800414530263
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Clark/Keefe, K., Gilway, J. & Miller, E. (2013). Maps, flesh, and the radicant: Mobilizing the expressive arts to do a translation of ‘science-as-usual’.Poiesis: A Journal of the Arts and Communication, 15, 90-105. .
Miller, V., Plato, K., Clark/Keefe, K., Henson, J. & Atkins, S. (2013). Love letters, postcards, and Post-it© notes about pedagogy, ways of knowing and arts-based research. Poeisis: A Journal of the Arts and Communication, 15, 22-35.
Clark/Keefe, K. (2012). A/R/Tographic back tracks. Painting and mixed media visual artwork with accompanying essay in Visual Arts Research, 38(2), 110-111. DOI: 10.5406/visuartsrese.38.2.0110.
Clark/Keefe, K. (2009). Between antagonism and surrender: Using art to dwell more resolutely in irresolution. Creative Approaches to Research, 2(1), 22-35. Citations: 5 (Google Scholar).
Jewiss, J. & Clark/Keefe, K. (2007). On a personal note: Practical pedagogical activities to foster the development of “reflective practitioners.” American Journal of Evaluation, 28(3), 334-347.
Clark/Keefe, K. A. (December, 2006). Degrees of separation: An ourstory about working-class and poverty-class academic identity. Qualitative Inquiry, 12(6), 1180-1197.
Clark/Keefe, K. (2006). Grandpa Mitchell: A poetic and visual expression of love and loss. Visual artwork and accompanying poem and artist statement in Headwaters: Appalachian Journal of Expressive Arts Therapy, 3, 7-8. Acceptance rate 40%. PR
Furney, K. S., Hasazi, S. B., & Clark/Keefe, K. (2005). Multiple dimensions of reform: The impact of state policies on special education and supports for all students. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 16(3), 169-176.
Furney, K., Aiken, J., Hasazi, S. B. & Clark/Keefe, K. (September, 2005). Meeting the needs of all students: Contributions of effective school leaders. The Journal of School Leadership, 15, 546-570.
Clark/Keefe, K. (2005). Dance of dissonance. Visual artwork and accompanying poem and artist statement in Headwaters: Appalachian Journal of Expressive Arts Therapy, 2, 16-17. PR
Furney, K., Hasazi, S. B., Clark/Keefe, K., & Hartnett, J. (2003). A longitudinal analysis of shifting policy landscapes in special and general education reform. Exceptional Children, 70 (1), 81-94.
Clark/Keefe, K. (2002). A fine line: Integrating artful practices and fieldwork in the study of self-conceptualization. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, XLVIII(3), CD-ROM.
Busier, H., Clark, K., Esch, R., Glesne, C., Pigeon, Y. & Tarule, J. (1997). Intimacy in research. The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 10(2), 165-170.
Clark/Keefe, K. (2010). Invoking Mnemosyne: Art, memory and the uncertain emergence of a feminist embodied methodology. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publications.
Clark/Keefe, K. & Miller, V. (2017). Expanding the radius of concern and hope among 21st century educational leaders through somatic and social justice pedagogy. In V. Miller (Ed.), Educational leadership for an apocalyptic moment of hope. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Clark/Keefe, K., Gilway, J. & Miller, E. (2017). Crafting maps, attuning to flesh, and dancing the radicant: Mobilizing the expressive arts and arts-based research to do a conceptual translation of ‘science as usual’. In E.G. Levine & S.K. Levine (Eds.), The Play of Poiesis: Expressive Arts in Therapy, Education, Research and Social and Ecological Change. London: Jessica Kingsley Publications.
Clark/Keefe, K. & Miller, V. (2012). Transpositions towards becoming leading subjects. In J. Aiken & C. Gerstl-Pepin (Eds.), Defining social justice leadership in a global context: The changing face of educational supervision (pp. 189-208). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Miller, V. & Clark/Keefe, K. (2010). Breakthroughs, breakdowns and some productive pedagogical paradoxes of virtual learning. In T. Volkan Yuzer and G. Kurubacak (Eds.) Transformative learning and online education: Aesthetics, dimensions, and concepts (pp. 142-153). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Clark/Keefe, K., Morgan, P., & Hasazi, S. B. (2003). Connecting authentic knowledge and academic accountability. In W. Owings & L. Kaplan (Eds.), Best practices, best thinking and emerging issues in educational leadership (pp. 155-162). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Awards and Recognition
North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award- School/College Award, UNC Board of Governors, NC
(Up to 5 awards made annually to faculty members in the NC State University System based on a peer nomination and extensive portfolio review process. Recipients selected by UNC BOG Awards Committee.)
Reich College of Education Annual Outstanding Teaching Award, Appalachian State University, NC
(Based on a peer nomination and extensive portfolio review process. Recipient selected by RCOE Awards Committee.)
New England Educational Research Organization John Schmitt Award
(Presented annually to an early career scholar for outstanding research at the graduate or postgraduate level. Faculty nomination process. Recipient selected by the NEERO Board.)
International Women in Higher Education Organization (IWHEO)-Annual Graduate Student Paper and Presentation Award, San Francisco, CA (Presented annually to an individual graduate student for outstanding research paper and presentation at the graduate level. IWHEO Awards Committee review process.)
American College Counseling Association (ACCA) National Meritorious Service Award for Small Colleges and Universities, presented in Philadelphia, PA
(Awarded annually to a professional who has demonstrated outstanding service to the profession of college counseling and/or to ACCA. Nomination by senior professional. ACCA Awards Committee review and selection process.)
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region I. Outstanding New Professional Award (Awarded annually to a professional with less than five years of experience in the student affairs field. Nominated by then Dean of Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT. NASPA Awards Committee review and selection process.)
Associations and Affiliations
New England Educational Research Organization, Executive Board, Vermont State Representative
Association for Qualitative Research, International Advisory Board Member
American Educational Studies Association (AESA)-member
International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Editorial Board, Creative Approaches to Research international journal
International Association of Qualitative Inquiry (IAQI), Founding Member and United States Representative to the IAQI Advisory Committee
New England Philosophy of Education Society-member
American Educational Research Association (AERA)-Member
AERA Arts-Based Educational Research Special Interest Group-Member
Areas of Expertise and/or Research
Feminist, critical and arts-based qualitative methodologies; Body studies in educational contexts; Epistemic injustice
- Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Expressive Arts from Appalachian State University
- Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Vermont
- M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College
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