Shannon Morrison

Shannon Morrison
Lecturer, Center for Aviation Studies
Asst Dir., Acad And Assessment, Center for Aviation Studies
Lecturer, Educational Studies
Bolz Hall2036 Neil Ave Mall Columbus, OH 43210-1226


Shannon McLoughlin Morrison, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director, Academics and Program Assessment for the Center for Aviation Studies. In this role, Dr. Morrison maintains the Center’s academic accreditation through the Aviation Accreditation Board, International. Dr. Morrison also manages all curricular changes and program assessments that occur within the Center.

Dr. Morrison acts as the Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, she has brought guest speakers like Captain Barrington Irving to campus, and created the first of its kind conference the Global Conference on Diversity in Aviation, Aerospace, and STEM. She also conducts research on how to bring more underrepresented students into STEM fields.

Her educational background includes Master's degrees in Education, Public Policy, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, along with a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership.

In her personal life, Shannon is an avid runner and has been bitten by the travel bug. She has run a race on three continents and four countries as well as eight different states. Dr. Morrison has two cats, Burgess and Buffy, a rabbit named Beatrix, and her husband Nick, a pilot, is a graduate of the aviation program at Ohio State.



Morrison, S.M. (2021). Moving Beyond Representation: Reimagining Diversity and Inclusion Efforts in the Aviation Industry. Collegiate Aviation Review International, 39(1), (pending). Retrieved from

Morrison, S.M (2019). “Closing the Loop to Shift the Default: How alternative ways of knowing can inform research and pedagogical practice,” Journal of Engineering Education, 108:3, 313-315.



November 2020: "That Won't Fly: How diversity efforts maintain aviation as a white space." The Observatory, Author: Shannon McLoughlin Morrison. The Observatory

May 2020: "How Greater Diversity in the Cockpit Could Help Airlines Avoid a Looming Pilot Shortage." The Conversation, Author: Shannon McLoughlin Morrison. The Conversation

November 2019: Interviewed for an article titled "Why are there so few women in aviation?" Reporter: Kathryn Creedy.



November 2020  Principal Investigator: “The Impact of Leadership Development Training on Perceptions of Self-Efficacy among Female Aviation Students.” Fisher Leadership Initiative Research Grant. $2,326 grant.


“Do Diversity Policies Work? Considerations for the retention of underrepresented students in collegiate aviation programs.” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings. Tampa, Florida. June 16-19, 2019

“Soaring High: Improving Diversity and Inclusion Effort in Aviation Education and Its Workforces.” National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning, Columbus Ohio May 8, 2018.

“Attracting the Next Generation to Aviation” panel at the Airline Pilot Shortage? Myths, Facts, and Solutions Conference hosted by the Airline Pilots Association, International. June 2015

“Attracting the Next Generation to Aviation” panel at the National Pilot Supply Summit hosed by The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies. April 2015