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Release: Immediate

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 Dean Jakobsen."

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.