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September 7, 2021

K-State Salina's Marchbanks Award presented to Eric Shappee

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Eric Shappee

Eric Shappee, professor of aviation at Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus, is the recipient of the 2021 Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. The annual award was established more than 30 years ago and honors faculty members with exemplary service to students, commitment in the classroom and overall excellence in teaching.

Shappee has been active in aviation for more than three decades and has been teaching since 1995. His passion for aviation and teaching philosophy fosters an enjoyable, exciting environment where students thrive.

"From the first moment I walked into the classroom, I felt the energy and enthusiasm of the students," Shappee said. "I believe the ability to teach is a gift and it is the key to unlocking a students' potential."

Shappee began his career at K-State Salina in 2000 and has served as director of flight operations, acting department head and professional pilot program lead for aviation. He teaches numerous courses, including Introduction to Aviation, Aviation Safety, Human Factors in Aviation and Aviation Accident Investigation.

"Eric consistently receives high evaluations from students, ensures their academic success and offers support when they transition into the aviation program," said Alysia Starkey, K-State Salina CEO and dean. "Eric's ability to always look ahead is evident, especially since he was one of the first instructors on campus to experiment with online instruction and has since created dynamic online learning tools that closely mirror the in-person learning experience."

Shappee earned two associate degrees from Antelope Valley College and a bachelor's degree in aeronautical science and a master's in aeronautical science and safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His primary focus is aviation safety. He has developed several risk assessment tools for not only K-State but other aviation organizations. He is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and has attended the National Transportation Safety Board Academy.

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