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Shannyn Snyder, MA

Adjunct Faculty

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Biography

Shannyn Snyder received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Anthropology and Global Health, both through George Mason University. Her previous research includes the study of access to clean water and healthcare in vulnerable populations and illness and mortality due to inadequate sanitation.

Her current work focuses on socioeconomic status and basic needs, as well as environmental and social justice issues both domestic and international. She is also researching the importance of multiracial intersectionality and environmental practices, as well as issues involving environmental racism, particularly women's access to water resources. In this interest, Shannyn also received a post-graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies from George Mason University, with a focus on social determinants of health among Hispanic women and policy issues concerning health equity among global women.

Shannyn Snyder developed Water Health Educator as an education forum to connect college students and public health professionals, as well as the general public, with news of community, regional, and global issues concerning water.

University Service

  • Committee Member, Adjunct Faculty Committee, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, George Mason University, Fall 2019 to present
  • Committee Member, Selection Committee for the for the Community Engagement Medallion and Seeds of Change, George Mason University, Social Action and Integrative Learning, Mason's Center for Community Engagement, School of Integrative Studies, Spring 2019
  • Mentor to Undergraduate Student Carolina Cadena, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Health Studies, George Mason University, Summer 2019 to present
  • Mentor to Undergraduate Student LaFawn Watson, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Health Studies, George Mason University, Spring 2019 to present
  • Advisor, Mason International Culture, George Mason University, Fall 2019 – Spring 2020
  • Committee Member, Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award Selection Committee (ATEA ), Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, George Mason University, Spring 2019
  • Facilitator, “Building your Teaching Portfolio,” Faculty Conversations about Teaching, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, George Mason University, March 2019

  • Exhibitor, “Mixed Media Art Doll: Lark, The Eccedentesiast,” Women and Gender Studies’ Conference on Politics of Gender & Justice: The Intersection of Identity and Discipline, George Mason University, November 2018

  • Internship Site Supervisor, Water Health Educator for GCH 498 Undergraduate Internship, Spring 2018, GCH Student Courtney Johnston, Spring 2017, GCH Student Marlena Bludzien, Spring 2015, GCH Student Brigitte Keen, Fall 2014, GCH Student Nicole Kraatz, Summer 2014, GCH Student Emily Bremer, Summer 2014, GCH Student Kellie Frizzell, Fall 2012, GCH Student Jane Anderson, Spring 2011, GCH Student Piper Wilson

  • Lecturer, Global and Community Health Courses (International Health, Public Health, Health Behavior Theories) and Environmental Science and Public Policy (Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management, Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Capstone), George Mason, University, 2010-2018

  • Committee Member, Master Teacher Award Selection Committee College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University, Spring 2017

  • Presenter, “Native American Women, Marginalization and Water: The Social Injustice of Environmental Racism,” Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Law in Everyday Life Seminar, George Mason University, Spring 2017

  • Coordinator and Volunteer, George Mason Rock Project, 2017 to Present

  • Speaker, “Environmental Racism: Water and the Class Divide,” Mason Water Forum, Second Annual Mason Water Research Symposium, George Mason University, March 2016

  • Contract Instructor Developer, GCH 320 Community Health and Literature Curriculum Development, Department of Global and Community Health, George Mason University, 2015 - 2017

  • Internship Site Supervisor, Water Health Educator for GLOA 495 Global Experiential Learning, Fall 2012, GLOA Student Jennifer Young

  • Practicum Site Supervisor, Water Health Educator for GCH 798 Graduate Practicum in Public Health I, Summer 2012, Liz Hanfman, Spring 2011, Lindsay Boyce, Spring 2011, Sahisna Suwal, Spring 2011, Saima Hedrick, Fall 2010, Lori Richardson

  • Practicum Site Supervisor, Water Health Educator for GCH 799 Graduate Practicum in Public Health II, Spring 2011, Lori Richardson

  • Internship Site Supervisor, Water Health Educator for ANTH 495, Undergraduate Internship, Spring 2011, ANTH Student Rebecca Shore, Fall 2010, ANTH Student Angela Hamilton, Fall 2010, ANTH Student Katie Sentlinger, Summer 2010, ANTH Student Alexandra Barton

Community Service

  • Volunteer, She Rocks the World, Virginia Girls Summit, GMU Liaison, 2017
  • Volunteer, Northern Virginia Health Center and Birmingham Green Adult Care Residence, 2011 to present
  • Volunteer, Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capitol, 2000 to present

Degrees

GCert, Women and Gender Studies, George Mason University

MA, Interdisciplinary Studies (Concentrations: Anthropology and Global Health), George Mason University

BA, Political Science, George Mason University

Research

Research Interests

  • Socioeconomic status and basic needs
  • Domestic and international environmental and social justice issues 

Publications

Snyder, S. (2019). On the Concept of Gender: A Critique of Processual and Postprocessual Mortuary Archaeological Theory. Sociology Insights 003:001. https://tinyurl.com/yyso4hgb

Snyder, S. (2019). Native American Women, Marginalization, and Water: The Social Injustice of Environmental Racism. Women’s Health and Complications 1: 001-009. Available at https://tinyurl.com/y2aqtx3j

Snyder, S. (2018). Health equity and intersectionality: Women as a special population. Journal of Public Health and General Medicine, 1(1). Available at https://tinyurl.com/yc2hgjwp

Books

Snyder, S. (2010). Access to Water, Sanitation, and Public Health Services among Urban Poor in Maceio, Brazil. Morrisville, NC: Lulu.com.

Honors & Awards

Seeds of Change Engaged Faculty Member Award, Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL), George Mason University

August 1, 2019

Green Community Individual Award, Green Guiding Committee for the Prince William County Government

January 3, 2019

Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony, Northern Virginia Health Center and Birmingham Green Adult Care Residence

September 14, 2019

George Mason University Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award, George Mason University

September 2, 2018

Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony, Northern Virginia Health Center and Birmingham Green Adult Care Residence

May 8, 2018

Career Connection Faculty Award, George Mason University

March 18, 2018

Seeds of Change Outstanding Faculty Member Award, George Mason University

July 13, 2018

Master Teacher Adjunct Faculty Award, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University

June 7, 2016

Presentations & Performances

Faculty Conversations about Teaching, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

March 2019 | George Mason University

Women and Gender Studies’ Conference on Politics of Gender & Justice: The Intersection of Identity and Discipline

November 2018 | George Mason University

Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, Law in Everyday Life Seminar

April 2017 | George Mason University

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