Keller Given Frostburg State University President’s Distinguished Faculty Award

Jun 1, 2017 9:00 AM

Dr. Karen Keller, an associate professor in Frostburg State University’s Department of Biology, has been selected as the sixth recipient of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award. She received the award during FSU’s 150th commencement ceremony.

The award recognizes a faculty member who has provided exceptional service to the University and has advanced its mission, goals and strategic planning initiatives.  

“She has taken the principle of Frostburg’s World of Experiences to heart,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk, in presenting the award. “She is actively engaged in promoting and improving the FSU community, works closely with students inside and outside the classroom, and has served on numerous University committees.”

Keller chairs the Undergraduate Research Working Group, which organizes the yearly Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year’s event provided more than 200 students, mentored by more than 60 faculty, the opportunity to present the results of their research to their peers. She herself typically mentors five or more students in their research each semester.

Keller is one of three co-chairs of FSU’s yearlong Strategic Planning Task Force, and she is a highly rated instructor and advisor. She helped develop the new Health Science major, which graduated its first students with the spring semester, and she guides students seeking to go onto professional schools in the health professions. 

Keller earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Frostburg, and a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Georgia.

“Dr. Keller embodies the qualities we seek to recognize through the Distinguished Faculty Award.” Nowaczyk said. “Her efforts to enhance the University, provide support for student learning and guide our strategic planning process are exemplary.”

The President’s Distinguished Faculty Award is supported by the FSU Foundation. For more information, visit or call 301-687-4161.