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Alicia Slater, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Biology; University Director of Curriculum and Assessment

Dr. Alicia Slater is a molecular ecologist whose research focuses on freshwater invertebrates. She also has interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly in how learner-centered pedagogies can improve performance in introductory biology courses. Dr. Slater has also led the implementation of several strategies aimed at improving student performance and increasing retention of biology majors, including Stetson's Peer Instruction program (SPI), course resequencing, and a new model for advising students in high enrollment majors.

She served as the Provost Faculty Fellow and in that capacity developed new faculty orientation, a yearlong series of faculty development workshops, and the inaugural Brown Innovation Fellows Summer Institute, which trained facultyto implement flipped pedagogies in their classrooms.

Professor Slater currently serves as Stetson's University Director for Curriculum and Assessment. She oversees assessment of General Education and program learning outcomes for the School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Music. She and a cadre of Departmental Assessment coordinators work together to use empirical evidence to learn about and improve student learning at Stetson. She is currently leading Stetson's conversion to an electronic platform for General Education Assessment. She has also served as scorer for AAC&U's VALUE project.

As Director of Curriculum, Dr. Slater oversees course development and enhancements and the development and enhancement of programs across the University. She helped develop a streamlined system for proposal review and leads the effort to make data-driven curriculum decisions wherever possible.


  • Ph.D., biology, Virginia Tech, 2000
  • M.S., biology, Virginia Tech, 1996
  • B.S., applied biology, Georgia Tech, 1994

Course Topics

  • Introductory Biology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Research Proposal
  • Senior Seminar

Research Interests

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Geographic distribution of genetic variation in freshwater invertebrates
  • Plecoptera (stoneflies)
  • Distribution, abundance and genetic variation in endemic siltsnails of the genus Floridobia


  • O'Neill M, Slater A, Sapp DG. Writing and the Undergraduate Curriculum: Using Assessment Evidence to Create a Model for Institutional Change. anticipated 2017.
  • Arnaldi KG, Fenwick AM, Sheldon AL, and AA Slater. 2015. Contrasting Patterns of Population Genetic Structure in Two Great Basin Stoneflies. Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research, 4(18). Available at:
  • Hughes JM, Finn D, Monaghan MT, Schultheis AS and B Sweeney. 2014. Basic and applied uses of molecular approaches in freshwater ecology. Freshwater Science, 33 (1): 168-171. Invited paper.
  • Schultheis AS, Davis N, Page JT, Bond JE and DK Shiozawa. 2014. Comparative transcriptomics allows for rapid discovery of population-level nuclear markers in the stonefly Hesperoperla pacifica. Freshwater Science, 33 (1), 364-373. Invited paper.
  • Schultheis AS and CR Kellmann. 2013. Cyanobacteria-rich diet reduces growth rates of the Hyacinth siltsnail Floridobia floridana. Walkerana, 16, (1): 1-8.
  • Schultheis AS, Booth JY, Perlmutter LR and AS Sheldon. 2012. Phylogeography and species biogeography of montane Great Basin. Molecular Ecology 21, 3325-3340.
  • Schultheis AS, Farrell TM and B Paul. 2011. Promoting undergraduate research through tenure and promotion policy revision. CUR Quarterly (31) 4: 25-32.
  • Schultheis AS, Marchant R and JM Hughes. 2008. Contrasting patterns of genetic structure and disequilibrium in populations of a stone-cased caddisfly (Tasimiidae) from northern and southern Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 59, 235-245.
  • Schultheis AS, Booth JY, Vinson M and M Miller. 2008. Genetic evidence for cohort splitting in the merovoltine stonefly Pteronarcys californica (Newport) in Blacksmith Fork, Utah. Aquatic Insects 30, 187-195.
  • Schultheis AS and JM Hughes. 2005. Spatial patterns of genetic structure among populations of a stone-cased caddis (Trichoptera: Tasimiidae) in south-east Queensland, Australia. Freshwater Biology. 50: 2002-2010.

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