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Posted on July 10, 2012

Dr. John Kallis, a professor in the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology, has been named interim dean of the Eberly College of Science and Technology at Cal U.

“Dr. Kallis is professional, knowledgeable, and brings considerable experiences and expertise to his new role at Cal U as interim dean of the Eberly College,” said Acting President Geraldine M. Jones.  

“He has been a member of the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology for over 27 years; therefore, he is familiar with the Eberly College, the students, the faculty members and the programs in that area. I know he will do an outstanding job in the interim dean position, and I look forward to working with him in the coming months.” 

“The Eberly College of Science and Technology has had growth in student enrollment, curricula and research due to the efforts of our outstanding faculty and staff,” Kallis said.

“I will continue to embrace and encourage innovative curricula, teaching techniques, student discovery and entrepreneurial activities, and to pursue leadership in global outreach development through the engagement with industries and regions that will advance our mission in science and technology — a legacy that began in the 1970s.”

Kallis most recently served as department chair, a position he held for three years.

Prior to coming to Cal U, he taught at East Allegheny High School, giving him more than 35 years of teaching and industry experience in print publishing, networking, computer platforms and applications, digital communications and electronic media.

Kallis is the president-elect for TEEAP, the Technology and Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania. In 2009, he received a distinguished service citation from Epsilon Pi Tau, the International Honor Society for technology professionals. In 2008, he received the technology faculty award from the Faculty Professional Development Committee. 

Kallis is a respected expert in the technology field. Among his accomplishments:

  • He developed the Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology program, which has been approved by PASSHE.
  • He has conducted teacher training and developed curriculum for the TIME (Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing and Engineering) Center in Maryland.
  • He has presented at the local, state and international levels in the areas of robotics and electronic media/communication technology
  • He was a consultant for the Department of Defense NCRETE grant in the areas of electronic media development and robotic teacher outreach training
  • He developed robotic curriculum for a three-week course as part of the R Benjamin Wiley Partnership Program, a college-preparation initiative for urban high school students.
  • He served as a judge for the BotsIQ competition, in which high school students design, build and battle robots in a gladiator-style competition.

Kallis earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial arts education from Cal U, and his doctorate in educational communication technology from the University of Pittsburgh.

He succeeds Dr. Leonard Colelli, who is the new provost at Potomac State College in West Virginia.