Snyder teaches English at Brigham Young University, specializing in autobiography and twentieth century British and American literature. He has published on Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Marge Piercy, Alice Walker, Edward Lewis Wallant, and Thomas Wolfe.
He and Cecilia Konchar Farr are national codirectors of the Society for Studies in American Autobiography (American Literature Association). Among recent works are a biographical and critical essay on Edward Lewis Wallant for the Dictionary of Literary Biography, (vol. 143, 1994) and \"Artist-by-Artist (De) Construction: Mediated Testimony in Bellow\'s \'Zetland: By a Character Witness.\'\"
He has been named an Alcuin fellow at Brigham Young University.
He has received the 1993 Student Slumni Association Teaching Award.