Eric earned his bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology and his master's degree in Vocational Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was the District Curriculum Specialist for the Skilled and Technical Sciences program in the Lincoln Public School system for 7 years. Additionally, he taught Industrial Technology for 24 years at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska before serving at UNL.

He currently serves in a  split appointment between UNL and the Nebraska State Department of Education. This unique split appointment helps coordinate university teacher education efforts and the department of education's efforts to manage and support Skilled and Technical Science teachers across the state.