CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 30, 2002
John Keller named Dean of UI Graduate College
C. Keller, who has served as interim dean of the University of Iowa Graduate
College for nearly two years, has been named dean and associate provost for
graduate education, effective immediately. A search committee, led by Susan
Birrell, chair of the Department of Health, Leisure, and Sport Studies, unanimously
recommended Keller to Provost Jon Whitmore after an internal search.
Whitmore said he was pleased to accept the committee's recommendation and
was confident that the college would continue to benefit from Keller's strong
"John Keller's outstanding professional record of teaching, research
and service makes him an excellent candidate for the dean's position and we
are very fortunate to have him," Whitmore said. "I am confident
he will continue to be an articulate and effective spokesman and advocate
for graduate education, and that he will continue the tradition of excellent
service to students, faculty and departments that has been a hallmark of the
Keller joined the UI College of Dentistry faculty in 1988 and was promoted
to full professor in 1991. He holds appointments in oral and maxillofacial
surgery and with the Dows Institute for Dental Research. He also holds appointments
as a professor of biomedical engineering at the UI and as a collaborating
professor in veterinary medicine and engineering at Iowa State University.
He was appointed associate dean of the Graduate College in 1998 and has served
as interim dean since June 2000. His annual salary as dean will be $165,000.
Under his leadership, the college gave the first annual Outstanding Mentor
Awards in Biological and Life Sciences and in Fine Arts and Humanities last
fall. This fall, awards will be given in the Social Sciences and in Engineering
and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences and awards will be presented in
each of the categories in alternate years.
Keller said he would continue his efforts on collegiate priorities such
as the establishment of graduate fellowships and scholarships, recognition
of outstanding faculty mentoring, and a Graduate Education and Research Center
to assist in the delivery of professional development opportunities.
In 1999 Keller was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. He was president of the American Association for Dental
Research in 1997-98. In 1989 Keller was awarded a National Institute of Dental
Research Career Development Award. He earned his master's degree and doctorate
in biological materials from Northwestern University.