John Keller is interviewed at the STEM Summit 2012.
Dr. John Keller is an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. After obtaining a BS in Biology and an MA in Education from Stanford University, Dr. Keller taught high school science at Los Altos High School in the Bay Area for five years. He then completed an MS in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado before working as a program coordinator at an astronomy education center for middle school students in Idyllwild, California. Finally, Dr. Keller completed his PhD in Planetary Science at the University of Arizona where he worked for the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission. His dissertation work involved the development of a concept inventory instrument to uncover student misconceptions regarding the greenhouse effect. Dr. Keller focuses his efforts at Cal Poly on astronomy education research and recruitment, preparation, and retention of secondary science teachers. He is the director for both the Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program and the Cal Poly Science Noyce Scholars Program