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Amy Slaton

Amy Slaton, PhD

Professor, Department of History & Politics

College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise:

education

technology

Contact:

amy.elisabeth.slaton@drexel.edu

215.895.2061

Slaton holds a doctorate in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught courses in the history of American science, technology and architecture, as well as in U.S. labor history and race relations. Slaton has long been interested in the social character of expertise and work, along with emerging issues of 'competency-based education," the rise of on-line higher education, and the role of community colleges in American technical education, workforce preparation and global economic competition. She has written on the history of building technologies and materials testing, with a focus on who gets credit when things go well and who gets blamed when structures and materials fail. Slaton is also interested in understandings of technical aptitude in American manufacturing and engineering , with particular emphasis on the role of race. Her most recent book is Race, Rigor, and Selectivity in U.S. Engineering: The History of an Occupational Color Line (Harvard University Press, 2010). Slaton produces the blog, STEMequity.com, centered on equity in technical education and workforce issues.

More information about Slaton

For news media inquiries, contact Emily Storz at els332@drexel.edu, 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell). 

In the News

  • Measuring Competency

    Amy Slaton, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Nov. 25 Inside Higher Ed story about a new competency-based education program at Southern New Hampshire University.

  • Software Company’s Effort To Recruit Women, Minorities Sparks Unexpected Reaction On Social Media

    Amy Slaton, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Aug. 11 KYW-Newsradio (1060-AM) story about the #ILookLikeAnEngineer social media campaign promoting women in STEM fields.

  • Going All In on Proficiencies

    Amy E. Slaton, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed story on Feb. 14 about the University of Maine at Presque Isle moving toward a competency-based education model.

  • Are You Competent? Prove It.

    Dr. Amy Slaton, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a New York Times story on October 29 about competency-based education.

  • College credit doesn't depend on seat time anymore

    Dr. Amy Slaton, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Desert News story on October 15 about college degrees based on workplace competencies.

  • Engineering Bigotry?

    Dr. Amy Slaton, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed story about an anti-gay letter that ran in Prism, the magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education.

  • Companies Shape Curricula in New University Partnerships

    Dr. Amy Slaton, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in Bloomberg News about the skills sophomores acquire through industry and academic cooperation.

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