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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 Director of Flight Standards and Training Development at Cirrus Aircraft in Knoxville, TN. In this role he leads a high-performing team devoted to the development of standardized flight training products for the SR2X series and SF550 Vision Jet aircraft.

Previous employment includes stints in senior performance and workforce leadership roles with the United States Coast Guard and Department of Transportation as well as corporate training development duties with Macy’s, Inc and Walmart Stores, Inc.

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 International Society for Performance Improvement, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, International Self-Directed Learning Symposium, and the Coast Guard Human Performance Technology workshop.


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