on faculty since 2001
Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2000
M.S., Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, 1993
B.S., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1978
Dr. Rick Snoeyink believes it is his calling in life to pass the baton.
“I want to serve my students so they in turn will be better able to serve their students. I cannot simply pass on what I know by telling; instead, I need to create a safe learning environment, which challenges students to stretch, to discover, and to build their own knowledge and skills.”
In the education classes he teaches, Snoeyink instills a passion in his students for continual self-directed learning. He strives for new ways to facilitate active learning and to make theories come alive.
“I am most satisfied when I can see growth in my students and when they take charge of their own learning. I am blessed because I teach a lot of new education students and then work with them again as seniors. It is very gratifying to see the transformation from timid college student to confident educational professional, ready to redeem the world.”
Snoeyink received his bachelor’s of science degree in special education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his master’s degree in elementary education at Purdue University-Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, then completed his doctorate in educational technology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
He taught in Berrien Springs, Michigan, public schools; Terra Ceia Christian School in Pantego, North Carolina; and DeMotte Christian School in DeMotte, Indiana, before coming to Trinity in 2001. Former students recall Snoeyink as a stickler for detail—especially when it came to spelling. He coached the DeMotte Christian School spell bowl team to six state championships.
Outside the classroom, the professor enjoys photography, editing video, intense exercise, gardening, and playing with his granddaughter. He and his wife, Donna, have four daughters, two sons-in-law, and one grandchild. They live in Schererville, Indiana, and attend Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois.
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With P. Ertmer, “Thrust Into Technology: How Veteran Teachers Respond.” Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 30 (1): 85-111, 2001.