PC Professor Talks About Teaching in China

Peninsula College professor Steven Snyder will talk about “An Exchange Professor’s Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in China” at the college’s April11 Studium Generale program. The presentation will begin at 12:35 pm in the Little Theater.

Snyder traveled to Guilin University of Electronic Technology (GUET) during the fall quarter of 2012 as Peninsula College’s exchange professor. There, he taught at the Foreign Language Experimental School attached to GUET.

Snyder is a huge supporter of international travel, and educational experiences and exchanges because he believes they “provide a platform to promote, embrace, and encourage cultural diversity.”  

Snyder has been to China several times to teach, and he says his “travels to China have greatly enriched my life beyond expectations.”

Snyder notes that professors who travel to Guilin take with them their own expertise and cultural viewpoints, and they are encouraged to use a teaching style that they feel is effective. “My own teaching style included the use of interrogative question-and-answer development (Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How) to promote oral dialogue in the classroom.”

Snyder joined Peninsula College in September 1977 and teaches information technology and business classes. He earned his BA (Business Administration) at Central Washington University and his MBA from City University.  He was awarded his CPA certificate by the State of Washington in 1975 and is a member of both the Washington State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).  He has earned the Certified Information Technology Professional designation from the AICPA. Snyder is a member of the Nor’wester Rotary club in Port Angeles, where he serves on the education and scholarship committee, and is also a member of both the Hurricane Ridge Ski Patrol and National Ski Patrol. 

Photo caption: Snyder with former GUET exchange professor Zeng Yong (Tina), who was at Peninsula College in 2009.  The two are at an ancient city named Da Xu, just a short distance from Guilin.