Deb Keller, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor


Résumé/CV on Box

ES 3155


  • Ph.D., Social Foundations of Education, Purdue University, 2004 Related Area: Anthropology
  • M.S., Education, Social Foundations of Education, Purdue University, 1996 Related Area: Women's Studies
  • B.A., Education, Highest Distinction, Purdue University, 1992


My focus in course work for the School of Education involves examining the social, philosophical, and historical dimensions of education; and introducing first-year students to the field of education. Most of my scholarship is on service-learning. I incorporate service-learning into my F200 and H341 courses, and this has involved partnerships with schools, a local community center, an after school tutoring program for homeless children, an after school tutoring program for a low-income housing complex, and a program for IPS students aged 18-21 who have special needs. Other research interests include semiotics in education and multicultural education, the latter of which is a component in some of my service-learning scholarship.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC-F 110 Windows on Education- -First-Year Seminar (Summer Academy Bridge; Part of Themed Learning Community)
  • EDUC-F 200 Examining Self as Teacher (Part of Themed Learning Community)
  • EDUC-H 341 American Culture and Education
  • EDUC-H 440 Capstone Seminar: American Elementary Education
  • EDUC-H 530 Philosophy of Education
  • UCOL 110 First-Year Seminar
  • UCOL 112 Critical Inquiry
  • UCOL 201 Introduction to Mentoring

Honors & Awards

  • Gateway to Graduation Faculty Interdisciplinary Pilot Program Integrative Assignment Award, $500, IUPUI
  • Social Justice and Service Learning Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom Award, 2010, University College, IUPUI
  • 21 Club recognition for being identified by one or more freshmen for having "made a difference in their success at IUPUI," 2008 for fall 2007
  • Selected for Boyer Scholars Faculty Development Program, 2005-2006, Focus is on scholarship on civic engagement.
  • Selected by freshmen cohort as having made a significant difference in their success, IUPUI, 2005

Grants & Funding

  • 2008. Pathways Initiative grant with Joshua Smith, Angelique LeVell, James Damico, Kathleen Allspaw, Jacqueline Blackwell, and Larry Mikulecky for work with University High Academy, Manual High School, $40,000
  • 2008. Lecturers' Development Funds Grant, $1000, for conference participation
  • 2008. IUPUI Center for Service and Learning through Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program Service Learning Assistant Scholarship, funding for three service-learning assistants—one for my course, and one for each of two other professors' courses—, total of $4500
  • 2007. IUPUI Center for Service and Learning through Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program Service Learning Assistant Scholarship, funding for two service-learning assistants
  • 2006-2007. IUPUI Commitment to Excellence Engaged Department/School Initiative Grant, with Robert Helfenbein and Robert L. Osgood
  • 2005-2006. Scholarship of Engagement Faculty Grant, Indiana Campus Compact, with Robert L. Osgood
  • 2005-2006. IUPUI Commitment to Excellence Teaching for Civic Engagement Curriculum Development and Implementation Grant, with Robert L. Osgood and Robert Helfenbein
  • 2004. Assisted with grant project Gateway and Beyond: Improving the Teacher Education Program at IUPUI Through an Improved First-Year Experience

Expert In

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Multicultural Education
  • Service-Learning
  • Social/Cultural Foundations of Education

Professional Associations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA)