USD announces new associate dean of arts & sciences The University of South Dakota has announced that Dr. Christina Keller has been named associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.
As associate dean, Keller will assist the dean with implementing policies and establishing priorities in Arts and Sciences. She also consults with department chairs on individual faculty teaching and research assignments, and examines grant applications submitted by Arts and Sciences faculty.
Keller, a native of Little Falls, MN, joined the USD faculty in 1989. A professor of physics, she has taught a wide range of courses at the university, including introductory physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and optics. Her research interests focus on theoretical physics.
"There are some really exciting things going on in the College of Arts and Sciences with the university's emphasis on the liberal arts," said Keller. "I'm looking forward to being a part of that in my new position."
Prior to becoming associate dean, Keller served as chairperson of the Department of Earth Sciences and Physics. She has been a very active member of the university community, serving as an Equal Employment Opportunity representative, a member of the Math and Science Education task force, and a member of the University Scholarship Committee. She also serves as a faculty representative to the Athletic Board of Control.
"Dr. Keller brings many strengths to the College of Arts and Sciences. She is committed to liberal arts education for all students, and determined to advance science education and numerical literacy," said Dean Matthew C. Moen. "She will represent the students, faculty, and administration of the College of Arts and Sciences very well. I am delighted she is joining us."
Keller succeeds Dr. Holly Straub, who returns to full-time service as a professor in the department of psychology, and joins Dr. Kurt Hackemer as the other assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences.