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Dr. Linda Slakey serves as Senior Advisor for the Association of American Universities (AAU) STEM Initiative and as Senior Fellow for Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)/Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Siena Heights College and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Michigan.
Slakey’s career in higher education and research began when she was first appointed to the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1973. Her scientific work focused on lipid metabolism and vascular biology, and was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the National Science Foundation. During her time there, she served as dean of the Department of Biochemistry (1986-1991) and dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (1993-2000) and of the Commonwealth College (200-2006). As Dean of NSM and of Commonwealth College she was active in supporting teaching and learning initiatives throughout the university.
Slakey has previously served as director of the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation and as a senior staff associate in the Office of the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources.