Robert Snyder, a full-time instructor in the Early Childhood and Reading Department, has been named director of the Office of Accreditation and Program Improvement within Edinboro University’s School of Education.
“The School of Education is pleased to have a director with the breadth of public and higher education experience that Bob Snyder possesses,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, interim dean of the School of Education and executive director of Graduate Studies. “He is knowledgeable of the curriculum and the various national accreditation standards required to achieve successful student learning outcomes and to maintain our excellent academic reputation.”
In his new role at Edinboro, Snyder will collect and analyze data and submit reports to national accreditation boards on behalf of the School of Education. He considers himself the bridge between the faculty and staff and agencies such as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which certifies all education-based programs at EU, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
“We have an obligation to provide evidence and show that we are doing exactly what we say we’re doing,” said Snyder, who also was approved as a tenure-track faculty member in the Early Childhood and Reading Department.
Accreditation management and program improvement is vital to maintain quality academic programs and to align programs with industry standards, Dr. Lake said.
“Accreditation assures students and families that they are receiving the appropriate knowledge and skills for the discipline and that the program is academically and financially sound,” she said. “It is also an assurance that an academic program has adequate facilities, course requirements and educational standards that will benefit both the student and future employers.”
In addition to collecting data and coordinating the accreditation process, Snyder will also help to develop robust educational community programs such as EVESTOPIA, a series in the Girard School District, in Girard, Pa., focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Each of these programs is aligned with coursework and pre-service teaching, Snyder said.
“In establishing more of these partnerships, we are improving our programs as well,” said Snyder, who serves as the president of the Girard School District Board of Directors. “These community programs help us stay on top of our game.”
Snyder arrived at Edinboro in 2011 as an adjunct professor. Previously, he spent 25 years in the Girard School District as a math teacher, guidance counselor, principal of Rice Avenue Middle School, and director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
In 1983, Snyder earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Grove City College. He earned his Master of Science in Counseling from Gannon University in 1988 and his School Administrator Certification from Edinboro University in 1991. In 2002, he earned his Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Westminster College.
Snyder and his wife, Robin, who reside in Lake City, Pa., have two adult children, Ellie (Snyder) Castile and Brennan, and one grandchild, Robin. In addition to their contributions to the Girard School District, the Snyder family enjoys musical theater and traveling to New York City.
Photo caption: Robert Snyder, a full-time Edinboro University instructor since 2011, was recently named director of the Office of Accreditation and Program Improvement within the School of Education.