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Dr. Robert Snyder earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1991 along with a commission as an Officer in the United States Army Reserve from Slippery Rock University (SRU). He completed his Master of Education degree in Elementary Science and Mathematics in 1997 at SRU, and in 2001, he received a Ph.D. in Instruction and Learning with an emphasis in Science Education from the University of Pittsburgh.  He has served two years as a 5th grade teacher at the North Penn School District, eight years a 6th grade teacher at the Moniteau School District, and is presently in his 16th year as a professor in the Elementary Education Department at SRU.  Dr. Snyder has received the Pennsylvania Teacher Excellence Award, and SRU President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

As an officer serving 15 years in the Army Reserve Military Police Corps, Dr. Snyder reached the rank of captain and served one year on active duty as a battalion operations officer for the 400th Military Police Battalion in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, his unit provided convoy security between Baghdad and Kuwait, operated seven prisons and jails in Baghdad, and developed training procedures for the Iraqi Police force.  He has received high honors including the Army Commendation Medal (while serving as a company commander) and the Bronze Star Medal for Merit (while serving in Iraq).

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