Cincinnati Consortium to Honor WC's Michael Snarr

Social and Political Studies Prof Incorporates Travel and Publishing into Classroom Studies

November 5, 2012

Michael Snarr

Michael Snarr

The Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities will recognize Wilmington College faculty member Michael Snarr Friday (Nov. 9) with a 2012 “Celebration of Teaching” award.

The occasion is the GCCCU’s 25th annual Celebration of Teaching event at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The organization’s membership includes 17 Cincinnati area higher education institutions.

Snarr, professor of social and political studies, joined WC’s faculty in 2000. He is a 1986 Wilmington College graduate and earned his Master of Arts degree from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

He regularly teaches Introduction to Global Issues, Global Politics, Case Studies on Nonviolence and the newly developed Global Politics of Food course.

Erika Goodwin, interim vice president for academic affairs, said Snarr often incorporates various active learning and service learning exercises into his courses and regularly provides off-campus learning environments for his students.

For the past several years, he has taken as many as three dozen students to Washington D.C. for instruction on lobbying and putting that knowledge to practice by visiting the offices of national legislators on Capitol Hill. He also has taken students to Mexico, the United Nations, Europe and China.

“Michael seeks to invigorate his teaching by publishing and traveling,” Goodwin said, noting this past summer he published two co-edited books, Introducing Global Issues, now in its fifth edition, and the second edition of Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective: Domestic and International Influences on State Behavior.

“Also, over the past two years, he took part in a congressional staff delegation to Afghanistan and a nongovernmental delegation to Israel and Palestine,” Goodwin said, adding that these activities provide Snarr with unique insight into the topics he teaches.

Snarr directs WC’s Global Education and Honors programs, and serves on the boards for Sugartree Ministries in Wilmington and the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington D.C.