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Impact - Fall 2005

Faculty Profile: Katherine Snyder at home in UDM community

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Katherine Snyder has lived in Detroit her whole life.

“I went to Gesu grade school across the street and still live near campus. The ‘gravitational pull’ of this area seems to keep me here,” she says.        

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a secondary teaching certification in 1989 and a master’s in Computer Science in 1993, all from UDM. While teaching, she now is working towards her doctorate in curriculum and instruction in Math and Computer Science at Wayne State University.

About UDM and her work she says, “UDM plays an important role in trying to make great things happen for Detroit and its people. I enjoy the students, faculty, staff and administration with whom I work, and I enjoy the challenges that come from the job we are trying to do.”

In addition to helping author several publications, she also has participated in “Tech Day,” an annual UDM engineering and science competition for area high school students; worked on a National Science Foundation grant to support curriculum collaboration between middle schools and colleges; and collaborated with a local middle school teacher to develop a word processing and computer curriculum for blind students K-12.

Previously, Snyder was a self-employed computer consultant, math and computer programming teacher at Holy Redeemer High School in Detroit, and math teacher at Cranbrook/Kingswood High School in Bloomfield Hills.