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Gerald F. Snelson
Professor, Associate Chair
B.A., Frostburg State University
Gerry Snelson, Associate Chair of the English Department, joined the English faculty at Frostburg State University in 1989 after a varied career that included high school and middle school teaching, college teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park, selling furniture at a department store, and supervising the conversion of Ford and Chevrolet vans when such conversions were popular in the seventies. He took a long time in completing his doctorate while he earned a living to help raise his family.
Dr. Snelson teaches a wide variety courses in addition to basic requirement composition courses and Gen. Ed. courses. The British and the American literature surveys, the two World Drama courses, the medieval Literature course, and the late eighteenth century course (Age of Revolution) all make his schedule interesting and challenging. He is known for his frankness, rigor, sense of humor, and deep affection for his students and colleagues, and for his love of teaching.
Outside of the classroom Dr. Snelson is active in several hobbies. In addition to photography, he enjoys model railroading in the large scales, both indoors and out; he builds puppets and ventriloquist dummies, and he plays fiddle with the roots/Celtic group, Academic Probation. For those interested in custom-built string instruments, he also handles customer liaison for his former student at FSU, Roger Skipper, (now a published novelist), who is a well-known luthier: http://www.skipperstrings.com/.
A former breeder, trainer, and exhibitor of purebred St. Bernard dogs, Dr. Snelson has retained his love of canine companions but owns only one --much smaller—dog, a Scottish Terrier. He is a deacon in his (Baptist) church.