Christina Keller

Christina Keller

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences / Professor


A member of the USD faculty for 28 years, Tina recently retired as professor of physics and director of the physics program serves and from the position of associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences . Tina taught a variety of physics courses during her time at USD, including calculus-based introductory physics, modern physics and astronomy. In 2006, she was the recipient of USD's prestigious Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has been involved in the state's efforts to convert the Homestake Mine in western South Dakota into a deep underground science lab where experiments searching for Dark Matter and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay are located. She has also served as the Faculty Athletics Representative for USD from 2006 until 2017, and played a key role in the institution's transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. Keller graduated from North Dakota State University with a Ph.D. in 1988 and B.S. in 1984. In 2010, she was named distinguished alum of the NDSU College of Science and Mathematics.


  • Science DMZ for Campus Bridging and Computationally Assisted Research, NSF. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2014 - Present)
  • South Dakota Science and Mathematics Teacher Enhancement: Integrating Math and Science and Using Topical Issues in Science Instruction, SD Board of Regents and US Dept of Education. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2011 - 2012)
  • BOR Performance Improvement Grant, BOR. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2011 - Present)
  • Science and Mathematics Instruction In Context for South Dakota in the 21st Century, SD Board of Regents and US Dept of Education. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2010 - 2011)
  • Science and Mathematics Instruction for South Dakota in the 21st Century, SD Board of Regents and US Depart of Education. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2009 - 2010)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Abt, I, Majorovits, B, Keller, Christina, Mei, Dongming, Wang, Guojian, and Wei, W. 2nd Workshop on Germanium Detectors and Technologies, 011001. Vol. 606, Iss. 1. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2015.
  • Wei, Wenzhao, Mei, Hao, Wang, Guojian, Yang, Gang, Zhang, Chao, Guan, Yutong, Liu, Jing, Mei, Dongming, Keller, Christina, Wang, Yiju, and Xu, Dahai. Development of a new type of germanium detector for dark matter searches, 23-29. Vol. 4. American Journal of Modern Physics, 2014. (DOI: 10.11648/j.ajmp.s.2015040101.15)
  • Van Peursem, Dan, Keller, Christina, Pietrzak, Dale, Wagner, Clarice, and Bennett, Clark. A COMPARISON OF PERFORMANCE AND ATTITUDES BETWEEN STUDENTS ENROLLED IN COLLEGE ALGEBRA VS. QUANTITATIVE LITERACY, 107-118. Vol. 46, Iss. 2. Mathematics and Computer Education , 2012.
  • Wang, Guojian, Sun, Yongchen, Yang, Gang, Xiang, Wenchang, Guan, Yutong, Keller, Christina, and Chan, Y -.. Development of Large Size High-Purity Germanium Crystal Growth, 27. Vol. 352. Journal of Crystal Growth , 2012.
  • Mei, Dongming, Yin, Z.-B., Spaans, Jason, Koppang, Miles, Hime, A., Keller, Christina, and Gehman, V. M.. Predication of Underground Argon Content for Dark Matter Experiments, 055802. Vol. 81. Physics Review C, 2010.
  • Mei, Dongming, Sun, Yongchen, Spaans, Jason, and Keller, Christina. Depletion of 39Ar for Liquid Argon detectors of Dark Matter Search, 813c. Vol. 834, Iss. I-4. Nuclear Physics A, 2010.


  • Ezrailson, Cathy, Keller, Christina, Koppang, Miles. A Partnership for the Master's of Natural Science: Combining Resources to Provide Content in Physics and Chemistry for High School Teachers. Presented at the Physics Teaching Education Coalition Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. (March 10, 2009)