Rick Snoeyink

Professor of Education; Director of Online Instruction

Education

Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2000
M.S., Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, 1993
B.S., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1978

Associated Academic Programs

Education

“I want students to feel confident that they know how to learn. I also want them to view all of their students, even the ones who might make them cry, through the eyes of Jesus.”

Dr. Rick Snoeyink takes the motto of Trinity’s Education Department to heart: Serving with excellence in education. “We want our students to embody Christ-like servanthood, and we build into our program early field experiences out in the community schools, so students can practice serving while representing Trinity. They could most likely make more money in another vocation, but the reward of seeing a child finally get it, is priceless.”

What drew him to Trinity:

Snoeyink was teaching in a Christian school when he was asked to serve as a technology consultant for Trinity’s Education Department. “Immediately I was drawn by the sense of calling and the camaraderie of the faculty in the department. I love the students who choose to come to Trinity. I also love the Trinity community. There really is a family feel, where we are all working toward excellence as service in Christ’s kingdom.”

Research interests:

Snoeyink, who serves as the College’s director of online instruction, is currently researching the ways in which institutions like Trinity prepare faculty members to teach online courses. “My research so far has told me that this is still the wild West, with wide-ranging strategies and expectations. I hope to learn what is most effective, so that we can better prepare our own faculty to teach online.”

When he’s not teaching:

He is an avid bicyclist. “I try to ride several thousand miles each year, although during the winter that may mean in the basement on a trainer. I also love photography, especially when I can combine that with traveling, mostly to national parks. Photography also combines well with grandchildren. I currently have four, and I love taking their pictures.”

Courses

Contemporary Issues Seminar
Educational Psychology
Student Teaching—High Incidence
Student Teaching—Low Incidence

Teaching Online/Hybrid Courses (for faculty)
Technology in Education

Papers Published and/or Presented

With R. Hoey, F. McCracken, M. Gehrett, “Evaluating the Impact of the Administrator and Administrative Structure of Online Programs at Nonprofit Private Colleges.” Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 17(3), 2014

“Using Video Self-Analysis to Improve the ‘Withitness’ of Student Teachers.” Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 1 (1), 2010

With J. Meyer, “Shaping Teacher Candidates’ Digital Portfolios: What Administrators Want for Hiring.” Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 23 (3), 2007

With P. Ertmer. “Thrust Into Technology: How Veteran Teachers Respond.” Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 30 (1), 2001

Professional Society Memberships

International Society for Technology in Education
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

+ Expertise

Dr. Rick Snoeyink takes the motto of Trinity’s Education Department to heart: Serving with excellence in education. “We want our students to embody Christ-like servanthood, and we build into our program early field experiences out in the community schools, so students can practice serving while representing Trinity. They could most likely make more money in another vocation, but the reward of seeing a child finally get it, is priceless.”

What drew him to Trinity:

Snoeyink was teaching in a Christian school when he was asked to serve as a technology consultant for Trinity’s Education Department. “Immediately I was drawn by the sense of calling and the camaraderie of the faculty in the department. I love the students who choose to come to Trinity. I also love the Trinity community. There really is a family feel, where we are all working toward excellence as service in Christ’s kingdom.”

Research interests:

Snoeyink, who serves as the College’s director of online instruction, is currently researching the ways in which institutions like Trinity prepare faculty members to teach online courses. “My research so far has told me that this is still the wild West, with wide-ranging strategies and expectations. I hope to learn what is most effective, so that we can better prepare our own faculty to teach online.”

When he’s not teaching:

He is an avid bicyclist. “I try to ride several thousand miles each year, although during the winter that may mean in the basement on a trainer. I also love photography, especially when I can combine that with traveling, mostly to national parks. Photography also combines well with grandchildren. I currently have four, and I love taking their pictures.”

+ Courses, Publications & Research

Courses

Contemporary Issues Seminar
Educational Psychology
Student Teaching—High Incidence
Student Teaching—Low Incidence

Teaching Online/Hybrid Courses (for faculty)
Technology in Education

Papers Published and/or Presented

With R. Hoey, F. McCracken, M. Gehrett, “Evaluating the Impact of the Administrator and Administrative Structure of Online Programs at Nonprofit Private Colleges.” Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 17(3), 2014

“Using Video Self-Analysis to Improve the ‘Withitness’ of Student Teachers.” Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 1 (1), 2010

With J. Meyer, “Shaping Teacher Candidates’ Digital Portfolios: What Administrators Want for Hiring.” Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 23 (3), 2007

With P. Ertmer. “Thrust Into Technology: How Veteran Teachers Respond.” Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 30 (1), 2001

+ Awards & Memberships

Professional Society Memberships

International Society for Technology in Education
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society