Dr. Michael Sloane


Associate Professor, Psychology and Director, University Honors Program

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Email: sloane@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 934 8733

Fax: (205) 975 5493


B.A., 1977, University College Dublin, Ireland: Psychology
K.D.S., 1977, Kleine Deutsche Sprachdiplom, Goethe Institut (Ireland) and Ludwig- Maximillians Universitat, (Munich, Germany): German
D. Stats., 1979, Diploma in Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland: Statistics.
M.A., 1979, University College Dublin, Ireland: Psychology
Ph.D., 1983, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois: Psychology


Born and raised in Ireland, Mike Sloane joined the department as an Assistant Professor in September 1982 having completed his doctoral work at the Cresap Neuroscience Laboratory of Northwestern University. He directed the Psychology Honors Program for over 12 years, served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, and was the first Vice Chair of the department. In the mid 1980s he launched the Psychology Club, facilitated the development of UAB's chapter of Psi Chi, and organized the annual Southeastern Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, which ran for 21 years. He was also instrumental in instigating and funding the Department of Psychology's annual John W.P. Ost Undergraduate Research Competition. Dr. Sloane directed the cognitive science minor and the doctoral program in cognitive science. In 2004, he was selected to direct the University Honors Program, UAB’s flagship honors program established in 1983, which offers an interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum to a select group of highly motivated and talented undergraduates. In 2004, he authored a White Paper proposing the establishment of an Honors College, an Office of Undergraduate Research, and an annual undergraduate research conference at UAB.

Dr. Sloane's research has been in the area of visual psychophysics, aging (spatial vision, cognition, & mobility), and cognitive science. His papers have been published in such journals as: Science, Journal of the American Medical Association, Perception, Perception and Psychophysics, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vision Research, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Journal of Gerontology, Gerontology, Journal of Applied Gerontology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of the Optical Society of America, Clinical Vision Sciences, Psychology & Aging, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Language, Speech, and Hearing, Archives of Ophthalmology, and Optometry & Vision Science. Dr. Sloane was awarded the 2009 Frederick W. Conner Prize in the History of Ideas, presented annually to a UAB faculty member for an outstanding essay on the history of ideas.

Dr. Sloane introduced many new courses to the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in the areas of cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience. These include: PY 213 Cross-cultural Perspectives in Child Development; PY 220 Brain and Consciousness; PY 253 Brain, Mind, and Behavior; PY 303 Introduction to Cognitive Science; PY 420 Broken Minds, Broken Brain; PY 461 Research seminar in Cognitive Science; PY 462 Overview of Cognitive Science; PY 463 Cognitive Neuroscience at the undergraduate level and PY 730 Research Seminar in Cognitive Science; PY 736 Overview of Cognitive Science; and PY 793 Cognitive Neuroscience at the graduate level.

Since 1985, Dr. Sloane has periodically taught in the interdisciplinary courses offered by the University Honors Program. He was awarded the Outstanding Teacher in the UAB Honors Program in 2000 and again in 2012. He was awarded the 2007 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and he has been a UAB nominee for the 'Professor of the Year' to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2014, Dr. Sloane was awarded the 'Teaching and Mentoring Award" by UAB's Early Medical School Acceptance Program. Dr. Sloane’s current teaching is mainly in the University Honors Program but he continues to teach a graduate History and Systems course in the department and occasionally the undergraduate PY 420 Broken Minds, Broken Brains course. Other awards include the 2004 and 2007 'Partner in Education Award' given by Arrington Middle School and the 2007 'Partner of the Year Award' given by the Birmingham Board of Education, the 2005 'Support Award given by UAB's School of Education for the summer 2005 course on the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, and the Alpha Omicron Pi 'Professor of the Month.' He was inducted as an Honorary Faculty Member into the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society.

As Director of UAB’s flagship honors program, Dr. Sloane teaches in the University Honors Program's nine credit hour fall interdisciplinary course. As UAB's most experienced faculty member in honors education, Dr. Sloane is heavily involved in the Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC) and National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) organizations devoted to honors education. He was elected to the Executive Council of the SRHC in 2006 and has served as Vice President (2007-’08), Conference Chair (2008) and President (2009-’10). He serves on two committees of the NCHC and has served on the annual conference Planning Committee since 2010 and is a member of the Editorial Board of Honors in Practice, a peer-reviewed journal of the NCHC. In 2013, Dr. Sloane was elected to a three-year term as a member of the Board of directors of NCHC. He previously received an Award of Appreciation from NCHC in 2011 for his first term on the NCHC Board of Directors and the Distinguished Service Award from SRHC in 2009. Dr. Sloane helps organize and host the annual University of Alabama System Honors Research Conference, which was launched by UAB’s University Honors Program in 2000.