Current Position

David Richard Keller is Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Environmental Studies, and Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University (UVU).


After receiving a double-major baccalaureate degree in English and Philosophy from Franklin & Marshall College and a masters degree in Philosophy from Boston College, David earned a doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Georgia. His dissertation, written under the direction of Frederick Ferré, addressed environmental philosophy. At Georgia, he also completed the interdisciplinary graduate Environmental Ethics Certificate Program.


Arriving at UVU fall semester 1996, Dr. Keller has held the rank of Assistant, Associate, and Professor of Philosophy. David has taught in the Philosophy, Humanities, Integrated Studies, and Environmental Studies programs. David became Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in 1999. He served as co‑founder and Executive Committee member of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum from October 2000 to December 2005. David served as Acting Interim Dean for the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences from January through May 2002, Assistant Vice President for Academics from January 2003 to August 2004, Administrator and Chair of the Institutional Review Board from June 2003 to August 2006, and President of the UVU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors from September 2007 to August 2009.


David received a Merit Award from the Utah Humanities Council for his Religion and Views of Nature Conference in 1998. David was named Faculty Senate Teacher of the Year during the 1999‑2000 academic year for the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and was honored by the UVU Board of Trustees with an Award of Excellence in 2001. In February 2001, the Ethics Across the Curriculum program earned UVU the first place honor of the prestigious Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Faculty evelopment to Enhance Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. David received Dean's Faculty Scholarship Awards in 2001 and 2010 for the publication of The Philosophy of Ecology and "A Brief Overview of Basic Ethical Theory" (in Ethics in Action) respectively.


David has published three books: he edited Environmental Ethics: The Big Questions (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), co-authored Ethics in Action: A Case-Based Approach (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and co-edited The Philosophy of Ecology: From Science to Synthesis (University of Georgia Press, 2000). He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, the International Global Studies Encyclopedia, Classics of Philosophy: The Twentieth Century, and Terra Nova Books' Writing on Air. Keller's work has also been published in the journals BioScience, Ecosystem Health, Encyclia, Environmental Ethics, Essays in Philosophy, Ethics and the Environment, Humanitas, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Journal of the Utah Academy, and Teaching Ethics. David edited the journal Teaching Ethics from Spring 2006 to Fall 2007 (4 issues).