2019 Keynote Speaker: Phyllis Callahan

Phyllis Callahan, University Provost photo

Phyllis Callahan, Professor of Biology, was named Provost of Miami University effective 1 February, 2015. She previously served as Dean of Miami University’s College of Arts and Science from 2012 – 2015 after having served as the Interim Dean in 2011 and as Senior Associate Dean (2008-2010) and Associate Dean (2006-2008).

Callahan has taught at Miami since 1988 and was named a College of Arts and Science Distinguished Educator for 2001-2002. She is nationally recognized in her field of research, neuroendocrinology, with a focus on gender differences in the regulation of pituitary hormone secretion. She has mentored or co-mentored a post-doctoral researcher, seven doctoral and 17 Master’s students and more than 100 undergraduate students. With students and collaborators, she has published more than 30 papers and presented numerous papers at national and regional professional conferences. She has served as a principal of co-principal – investigator of external grants totaling more than $2.5 million to support her research as well as to support programs designed to increase the retention of under-represented students in the life sciences.

She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biological Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1974 and 1981 respectively, and her Doctorate in Physiology and Neurobiology from Rutgers University in 1986. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the UMDMJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School before joining the faculty at Miami in 1988.