Richard D. Snyder

Richard Snyder is a Ph.D. student and artist at Washington State University pursuing a degree in Literary Studies. He teaches in both the Composition and Digital Technology and Culture programs at WSU.


My research engages the image-text relationship in literature, at intersections of Early Modern Poetry & Poetics, Visual Culture Studies, and the Digital Humanities. To this end, my M.A. Thesis was titled “A Multimodal Frame for Emblem Studies,” in which I argue that the application of multimodal theory to Early Modern English emblem books will benefit both the field of emblem studies and contemporary conversations about the design and composition of multimodal texts. Following that work, my research in the Ph.D. will investigate the theorizing of image-text relationships in Early Modern English literature and poetics and draw connections to today’s digital culture. I also frequently read and work within Emblem Studies, Rhetoric, Multimodality, Game Studies, Art History, and Japan Studies.


As a TA Instructor of Record at Washington State University, I have taught sections of Introduction to Digital Technology and Culture (DTC 101) as well as College Composition (ENGL 101). In all courses, I aim to equip students to think critically, whether in composing their own arguments, challenging those that they encounter, or practicing design thinking and digital curation. My course designs seek to acknowledge student value by placing an emphasis on compassion and personalized interaction, as well as encouraging students to see themselves and their ideas as valuable now, to the academic community and world beyond. I developed many of these values in my previous work as a writing center lead at Northwest University, where I worked with adult professionals in the LEAP program, and in my four years of teaching high school English in Miyazaki, Japan.

2018 — Graduate and Instructor Pedagogy Award, Washington State University
2017 — T.A. Distinguished Teaching Award, Washington State University

Select Projects & Conferences

“A Multimodal Frame for Emblem Studies,” M.A. Thesis, Washington State University.
“Making Space for Games: Relevant Digital Tools in the Classroom,” CCCC, Portland.
“Using Twine 2.0 for Research and Teaching,” HASTAC Webinar.
Review of “Literature as a Learning Tool,” HASTAC Blog.
Research Assistant (editing, coding), Oxford UP digital edition of Edith Wharton (ongoing).

“Metanoia’s Bloodstains: Dark Souls & Maker Culture,” PCA/ACA, Seattle.
“Multimodal Projects in Composition,” Inland Infolit, Spokane.