Dr. Sloan received a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Tulsa and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma. Following an appointment as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Texas at Austin, he joined the Department of Microbiology at UA as an Assistant Professor in 1974. He served as Chair of the Department of Microbiology on this campus from 1980 through 1991. Dr. Sloan was active in research throughout his career, with a focus on microbial biochemistry, and was named a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology in 1986. He also taught a wide variety of courses in microbiology and biochemistry while at UA, and in 2003 was named as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 Dr. Sloan was named as Coordinator of Prestigious Scholarships and Awards at UA, working with students applying for many external scholarships and awards such as Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Truman, Goldwater, Fulbright, etc. He retired from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013 but continues in his position as coordinator and recruiter for external scholarships.