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M. Jean Keller, Awarded the UNT Community Engagement Award

Dr. Jean Keller is Professor of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. She previously served as Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Transition at UNT Dallas. For 15 years, she served as Dean of UNT’s College of Education. Prior to her career at UNT, she was as professor and Department Chair at the University of Georgia. 

Dr. Keller has dedicated much of her work to under served school populations in the North Texas region who attend what are called “hard to staff schools” in both urban and rural districts and to underrepresented students in colleges and allied health professions. She values diversity, fosters collaboration, and serves as a catalyst for change. Several common themes – data driven, student-centered, results-oriented, best practices, and public-private partnerships - are evident in her major service initiatives. Her work prepares students for academic success throughout their lives; it educates families to better prepare their children for good educations, jobs, and lives; and it saves taxpayers money when students complete degrees, earn credentials, and are ready for careers. As a leader with the North Texas Regional P-16 Council, which drives student success from early childhood education to careers in Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties, she is pleased with the recognition that it is the longest serving Council in the state of Texas. Dr. Keller’s many notable accomplishments also include creating and implementing the Allied Health Pathways, a partnership with regional Early College High Schools, UNT, and UNT Health Science Center that has supported 18 Hispanic and African American males earn their Doctorates in Physical Therapy and become licensed therapists who are addressing health disparity issues in North Texas. She has written or edited eleven books and twelve refereed chapters, and authored over 100 articles. Dr. Keller has given over 300 presentations in the United States and several countries.