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Chris Slater, Ed.D.

Chris Slater

Adjunct Graduate Faculty




Educational Background

  • Ed.D. in Adult Education and Staff Development, Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA
  • M.S. in Instructional & Performance Technology, Boise State University.
  • B.A. in Social Science with a major in Psychology and minor in Human Development, Washington State University, Pullman.

Professional Experience

In addition to adjunct professor duties, Dr. Slater works full-time as the Talent Development Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Transportation in Washington, DC. In this role, he is responsible for the professional development of more than 750 employees, managers, and supervisors as well as course design, facilitation, and organizational development efforts. Prior to this position, he spent time with the U.S. Coast Guard as the Advanced Distributed Learning Coordinator, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Talent Development Team as a senior instructional designer and again with the U.S. Coast Guard as an instructional systems specialist, instructional multimedia developer, instructor, and enlisted flight crewman on the HH-65 helicopter.

Dr. Slater’s research interests focus on the testing and integration of adult cognitive curiosity to enhance workplace learning and performance. He has presented his research and presented at national and international conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, International Self-Directed Learning Symposium, and the Coast Guard Human Performance Technology workshop.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Slater has also worked in consulting roles as a graphic artist, instructional designer, web designer, and educational consultant.


  • OPWL 536 Foundations of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
  • OPWL 525 E-Learning Principles and Practices
  • OPWL 535 Principles of Adult Learning