Kansas State University Salina computer systems technology professor, Troy Harding, has been named the recipient of the university’s prestigious Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2013-2014 school year.
The honor was given to Harding after he was nominated by his faculty peers and letters of recommendation were written on his behalf to the deciding advisory committee. The award was established more than 30 years ago by the Marchbanks family to annually recognize a K-State Salina faculty member’s commitment in the classroom, service to students, and overall merit as a teacher.
Harding, a professor at K-State Salina since 1999, grew up in Abilene as the son of two educators. What might seem like a destined career path for Harding was actually the furthest thing from his mind as a child.
“It’s very ironic because I had no intention of becoming a teacher,” Harding said. “As a child, I loved exploring nature and dreamt of working for National Geographic. I remember staring at ants for hours.” Read more