John Keller, Ph.D.
Director, Fiske Planetarium; Professor, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. John Keller, a planetary scientist with research interests in astronomy education and teacher preparation, arrived at the University of Colorado in 2018 as a faculty member in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Director of Fiske Planetarium. Previously, Keller was an Associate Professor in the Physics Department and Co-Director for the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Keller served as Executive Director for the STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program, which provides paid summer research experiences at national labs for aspiring science and math teachers. Keller currently leads a Noyce Track 4 longitudinal research study of the impact of the STAR program on teacher retention and effectiveness. He is Co-PI for the Research and Education Cooperative Occultation Network (RECON), an NSF-funded citizen science astronomy research project involving communities across the western United States to measure the sizes of Kuiper Belt Objects. He is also a leader for the Collaborative Around Research Experiences for Teachers (CARET) and active in 100Kin10, an organization of over 280 stakeholders committed to preparing and recruiting 100,000 science, math, engineering, and mathematics teachers by 2021.