Margaret Calista

Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Margaret Calista was appointed Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences on June 1, 1999. Prior to her appointment, she joined the faculty in 1980 as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Social Work Program.

She received a Bachelor's Degree in History and Spanish from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her Master's Degree from Fordham University. Working as a state-certified social worker since 1962, she has had a wealth of experience in the human service field. She was promoted to progressively responsible administrative positions, and, from 1975 to 1977, she was Executive Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie. There she was responsible for the total management of the institution, including clients, personnel, physical plant, a budget of over $2 million, and a 35-member board of trustees.

Practical experience includes work with emotionally disturbed children, families, and adolescents, as well as with people with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has been an administrator and program developer, and continues as a programs consultant for local agencies. Current research interests include the philosophy of social work, social work education, and the evaluation of service delivery effectiveness. She has taught across the social work curriculum and is currently teaching the Senior Integrative Seminars.

Her academic career began 21 years ago at Western Carolina University. In 1980 she came to Marist College. Since then she has been Director of the Social Work Program, responsible for students, advisees, and faculty. She has also acted as the main coordinator of the periodic self-study and reaccreditation process of the Social Work Program with the Council on Social Work Education. Dean Calista received tenure at Marist College in 1985.

Dean Calista has given faculty service on the Faculty Executive, Academic Affairs, and Curriculum Committees. She was also a member of the College Affirmative Action Committee for three years.

A highly-respected professional, Dean Calista has authored and presented a number of papers at juried conferences around the country, in Europe and in Japan.