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John Keller appointed associate dean of UI Graduate College
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Keller has been appointed associate dean of
the University of Iowa Graduate College effective Sept. 19. As associate
dean, Keller is responsible for academic aspects of graduate education
in more than 100 departments offering masters' and doctoral degrees and
represents the Graduate College and the interests of graduate education
on campus and to external constituencies.
Keller, who is professor and director of Biomaterials Research and of
the Dental Student Research Program in the UI College of Dentistry, succeeds
James F. (Jake) Jakobsen, who recently retired after 31 years in that position.
"We are fortunate to have recruited a person with John Keller's
outstanding professional record of teaching, research and service to this
important position," said Leslie B. Sims, dean of the Graduate College.
"I am confident he will be an articulate and effective spokesperson
and advocate for graduate education, and that he will continue the tradition
of excellent service to students, faculty and departments established by
Keller received his bachelor's degree in biological science from the
University of Illinois, and his master's degree and doctorate in biological
materials from Northwestern University. He joined the UI faculty in 1988
as associate professor of dentistry and was promoted to professor in 1991.
He holds College of Dentistry appointments in oral and maxillofacial surgery
and with the Dows Institute for Dental Research. He also holds appointments
as UI professor of biomedical engineering and as collaborating professor
in veterinary medicine and engineering at Iowa State University. He has
served on the UI Faculty Senate and Research Council, which he chaired
in 1996-97 and 1997-98.
Keller received a 1995 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence from the
UI Council on Teaching and has served as mentor and advisor to more than
30 graduate, dental, medical and undergraduate students. Numerous grants
and contracts from NIH and other federal agencies, as well as from private
industry and foundations, have supported his research in biomaterials,
especially as applied to dentistry and medicine. In 1989 he was awarded
a National Institute of Dental Research Career Development Award. He was
president of the American Association for Dental Research in 1997-98.