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                                      Michele A. Snyder, MA, MS

I joined the Clinton Community College faculty in 2003. I hold a Master of Arts degree from SUNY Plattsburgh with my research directed in the area of cellular biochemistry. I studied the role of alternative oxidase, an inner mitochondrial membrane protein found in some organisms, in scavenging reactive oxygen species when exposed to ultraviolet radiation. I received a Master of Science in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the University at Albany. I’m completing my Ph.D. in Science Education, Curriculum and Instruction at the University at Albany in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice.

My teaching emphasizes an inquiry-based approach to learning, use of case studies for application of scientific information, and implementing writing-to-learn strategies in the classroom and laboratory for greater student understanding of science. My current research interests revolve around science literacy and how students use their understanding of the nature of science (NOS) to evaluate scientific information presented to them in the news media and how inquiry practices influence NOS understanding.

I teach General Biology I and II, Human Biology, Applied Chemistry, and Science Inquiry Bio/Chem.

In addition to my teaching responsibilities I serve as STEM Outreach Coordinator and CAP Science Liaison for the College Advancement Program (CAP).   I also serve as a curriculum writer for the Coummunity College Undergraduate Research Initiative funded through the National Science Foundation and administered by Finger Lakes Community College.


Pi State Scholarship Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators (2012)

Cornetet Professional Development Award from Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators (2009)

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006-2007)

Professional Memberships

I belong to several educational and research organizations including: National Association for Research in Science Teaching, American Educational Research Association, Association for Science Teacher Education, National Association of Biology Teachers, National Science Teachers Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.

For a list of puplications, presentations, and grant activity please e-mail me at Michele A. Snyder

Fall 2012Spring 2013 courses taught: BIO101General Biology I