Deborah G Keeling

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Professor


Dr. Deborah G Keeling has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University.  She is currently the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. In her capacity as Associate Dean she is responsible for all personnel and academic procedures and programs for the more than 400 faculty in the College.  Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Keeling served as the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice from 1990 to 2014.  Under her leadership and with significant contributions from faculty, the Department of Criminal Justice has grown and now includes a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.  Dr. Keeling serves on a number of university and professional boards including the Victims Services Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Metro Louisville Police Accountability Commission, Board of Directors of the Kentucky Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, Member of the National Advisory Board for the FBI Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory Program, and Member of the Advisory Board for the Turkish Institute for Security and Democracy.  Most recently, Dr. Keeling completed a federally funded $2.9 million project in partnership with the FBI.  As a result of this project, the first FBI Regional Computer Forensics Lab to be directly located on a university campus in partnership with the institution has been established at the University of Louisville.  Through this federal funding and an additional $701,000 recently acquired, Dr. Keeling in partnership with university faculty, the FBI, Kentucky Attorney General and Kentucky Bar Association has been working to provide digital forensics training to the full range of criminal justice practitioners within the Commonwealth.  Dr. Keeling has also initiated and managed several international projects related to the democratization of policing, police/minority relations and cessation of domestic violence in China, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Panama.  She has developed a strong relationship with commanders in the Turkish National Police and has participated in several international conferences at their request.  Dr. Keeling has extensive experience in applied research within criminal justice agencies.  She has conducted research and consultation for various federal, state, and local organizations including the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, New York State Police, Kentucky Department of Corrections, Kentucky Justice Cabinet, Metro Criminal Justice Commission, and Louisville Metro Police Department. She is the author or co-author of numerous publications on various topics within criminal justice and law enforcement.  She is or has been actively involved in the analysis of crime victim and citizen attitude surveys for a number of local and state police agencies. Most recently, she served as the Interim Executive Director of the Louisville Metro Criminal Justice Commission, under a partnership between the university and Louisville.