Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2006
Christopher O. Keller
Christopher O. Keller's involvement with Cameron University began 14 years ago when he enrolled as a freshman. Today he is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, teaching journalism classes and serving as adviser to The Cameron Collegian.
Keller received a B.A. in English and professional writing in 1997 and a M.A. in teaching in 1998 from Cameron. He is a candidate for a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Oklahoma.
As a student at Cameron he received the English Major of the Year Award , the Josephine Raburn Award in English, placed first in Sigma Tau Delta and English Department fiction writing contests, and was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honor Society. His fiction writing was published in The Rose Review and The Forum. He worked as a reporter for The Comanche County Chronicle in Elgin and The Lawton Constitution while he was a student.
Keller worked for two years as an English teacher, yearbook adviser and technology adviser at Elgin High School before he was first hired as an instructor in Cameron's Department of Education in 2000-2001. After a one-year hiatus as an Instructional Designer for the U.S. Army Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, he has continued to teach at Cameron.
While serving as adviser to The Cameron Collegian, the publication has received the Oklahoma Collegiate Press Association's Award of Excellence for three years and the Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association's All-Oklahoman Newspaper award for two years. He has been inducted into the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi and was a nominee for the Professor of the Year award. He participates in numerous professional organizations and has conducted technology workshops for teachers and students.
Colleagues and students attest that his creative energy, genuine concern for others and ability to motivate those around him are a credit to his profession. Keller in turn says, "I get to spend every day with the most motivated, intelligent people I have ever met ( my students ) and have the opportunity in every class I teach to learn something new. For me, there is not a more fulfilling, socially impacting, and personally enriching job on this earth than being a university professor."