School of Science

Message from the Dean

Photo of Dean Alicia Slater

Thank you for your interest in Marist’s School of Science, where we devote ourselves to preparing students for successful careers in the natural and physical sciences and health professions.  Students in the School benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, engaged faculty, and small class sizes. The School’s outstanding faculty place a strong emphasis on interacting with students and encouraging their intellectual and professional development. Students in the School participate in a variety of high impact practices including student-faculty collaborative research, clinical rotations, study abroad, and community engagement. After graduation, alumni are well positioned to make their mark in the sciences and health professions. The School’s strong record of producing Fulbright and Goldwater recipients and 100% pass rate on the Physician Assistant certifying exam demonstrate the excellent preparation our students receive in Marist’s School of Science. Undergraduate students who meet the program requirements can also choose to continue their education in one of the School’s graduate programs, the Doctor in Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant program.  We hope you’ll visit our beautiful campus on the Hudson River and learn more about the enriching opportunities that await you at Marist College.


Dr. Alicia Slater, Dean


Slater comes to Marist from Stetson University in Florida, where she was Professor and Chair of Biology as well as Director of Curriculum and Assessment. While biology chair, she also led the Health Sciences Department, and she held the endowed Hollis Chair of Health and Wellness, which included responsibility for overseeing retention efforts of students in STEM majors.

As Stetson’s Director of Curriculum and Assessment, she served as a member of the Provost’s Cabinet and oversaw general education and program-level assessment for Stetson’s College of Arts & Sciences, College of Law, School of Business, and School of Music. She is credited with improving student performance and retention while instituting powerful advances in curriculum, tutoring, and advising. In her fifteen-year career at the University, she received Stetson’s Hand Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, and numerous "First Year-Student Advocate" awards. 

Research Interests:

Slater’s research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly learner-centered pedagogies. As a scientist, she has published in peer-reviewed journals on geographic distribution of and genetic variation in freshwater invertebrates. In addition to research grants from state agencies, she has received several grants from the National Science Foundation, including an International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to study stream insect population genetics in Australia.