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Chris Snider

Associate Professor

Chris Snider joined Drake University full-time in 2010 after spending three years as an adjunct instructor. Chris teaches classes in web design, social media strategy, multimedia and digital strategy. His research topics include smartphone video and social media. In addition to teaching at Drake, he leads digital media workshops in Des Moines.

He co-owns the company Innovation Profs LLC that teaches how companies can use generative AI.

He moved to Des Moines in 2005 to work as editor of Juice magazine, a weekly publication for readers age 25-34. In 2007, he became assistant managing editor for digital and innovation at the Des Moines Register.

At the Register, Chris was a leader in how media companies use social media, live content and mobile. He was named the top digital editor in the Gannett company in 2008, and he was named to Presstime Magazine’s 20 under 40 list the same year.

Prior to moving to Des Moines, Chris worked as a designer and news design director at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for six years. He began his career as a designer at the Baltimore Sun.

Chris is married to Laura Snider – a Des Moines author and lawyer. He has three kids, Henry, Madigan and William.

Chris is a 1998 graduate of the University of Iowa. He earned his MBA from Drake in May 2013.

He’s involved with the Drake Innovation Studio, which can be found in Meredith Hall room 203.

Chris does web design and digital marketing for Des Moines companies.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-4594
Address: 2805 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

Office: 117 Meredith Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9-11 a.m.

Courses Taught

  • JMC31 Multimedia lab
  • JMC55 Digital Media Strategies
  • JMC58 Foundations in Visual Communication
  • JMC59 Intro to Visual Communication
  • JMC65 Social Media Stategies
  • JMC102 Multimedia Journalism
  • JMC105 Web Content and Development
  • JMC199 Social Media Methods
  • JMC199 Personal Branding
  • JMC199 Design Thinking
  • JMC199 Entrepreneurial Journalism Online
  • MAC206 Digital Media Strategies
  • MAC210 Visual Communication
  • MAC220 Social Media Strategies
  • MAC222 Emerging Media Strategies
  • MAC223 Multimedia
  • MAC224 Content Marketing