Claudia Slate, Ph.D.
Professor of English
“I strive to empower students to learn not only the fundamental content of my courses but also critical thinking strategies and problem solving skills. I want my students to recognize the power of language, including the influence of their own language when it is well organized, persuasive, and grammatically correct. Also important in my classes are exposure to literature of many genres, nationalities and cultures, and discussion as a tool for inquiry and engagement.”
Dr. Slate received her B.A. with honors degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1976. She then earned her masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in 1986 and 1993, respectively. Her dissertation was entitled Violation and Voice: The Incestuous Father-Daughter Relationship in Southern Literature. She began teaching at Florida Southern College in 1989. In 2005-2010, Dr. Slate was Co-director of the African American Studies concentration, and in 2008-2010, she was Coordinator of the Implementation of SAGA (Student Awareness Generates Action). Her teaching interests are in the areas of American literature from 1865 to the present, African American literatures, protest literature, and college composition.
Ph.D., M.A., University of South Florida
B.A., University of Missouri-Rolla
Honors and Awards
- Recipient of the Distinguished Colleague Award from the Florida College English Association. “For extraordinary contributions to her profession and her state.” October 18, 2013.
- Volunteer of the Year - Florida Southern College - 2010
- Recipient of the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board senior plaque dedication for "hard work to benefit the students and build SAGA to be something outstanding." - 2009
- Interviewee for Unsung: Family Voices on Mental Illness-Mennonite Media, which won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Public Service Announcement/Campaign by the American Women in Radio and Television - June 3, 2009
- Inductee - The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi - April 2006
Publications and Exhibitions
"Florida ’Canes, Critters, and Criminals in Lynne Barrett’s Storytelling.” Chapter in Women of Florida Fiction: Essays on 12 Sunshine State Writers. Ed. Tammy Powley and April Van Camp. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland Press, 2015.
Slate. C. "Opening the Boat of Florida Literature to an Outlier: Stephen Crane" - presented to the Florida Historical Society's annual meeting in March 2014.
Slate. C. General Editor. Florida Studies of the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Florida College English Association. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. 2010.
Slate. C. General Editor. Florida Studies of the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Florida College English Association. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. 2009.
Slate. C. “Wish You Weren’t Here: African American Portrayal in Florida Vintage Postcards.” Florida Studies of the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Florida College English Association. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. 2009. 83-92.
Slate. C. Review of If It Takes All Summer: Martin Luther King, the KKK, and States’ Rights in St. Augustine. Florida Historical Quarterly. 87.1 (Summer 2008): 119-121.
Slate. C. General Editor. Florida Studies of the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Florida College English Association. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. 2008.
Slate. C. General Editor. Florida Studies of the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Florida College English Association. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. 2007.
Slate. C. “Interview with Barbara Parker.” Florida Crime Writers Speak. McFarland Press. 2007.