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Egan Receives Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Teaching

Posted: December 17, 2014

Brian Egan, instructor of Equine Science in the Department of Animal Science, received the Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Brian Egan, Instructor of Equine Science in Penn State's Department of Animal Science, has received the Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the College of Agricultural Sciences. The award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching and significant contributions to the education of undergraduate students.

He also coordinates the breeding and management of Penn State's registered Quarter Horse Horse herd and coaches the Penn State Horse Judging Team.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "Brian epitomizes the ideals that this award represents. His teaching and advising skills are commensurate with what Paul Shellenberger valued for our undergraduate students: Brian is a superb teacher and mentor.  Brian is most deserving of this award, and his recognition is a testament to his many exemplary contributions to our students. I offer my sincere congratulations."

Egan said, "I am truly honored to be recognized with this award. It is especially meaningful since I took a class taught by Dr. Shellenberger when I was an undergrad. Knowing how much time and effort he put into his teaching and also knowing how much he cared for his students makes it very special for me."

Egan received his B.S. and his M.S. degrees from Penn State. He teaches an introductory horse production and management course, horse handling and training, and equine marketing in addition to teaching the introduction to horse judging and advanced horse judging classes.

The Equine Marketing class, which Egan created, culminates in an auction of Penn State's Quarter Horses.  The sale has grown to be nationally recognized. Students gain an extraordinary team-based learning experience as they market, advertise and operate the sale.

He also serves as co-advisor to the Penn State CHAPS (Collegiate Horseman's Association at Penn State) Club which has been recognized nationally and offers a wide range of learning experiences outside the classroom.