Title: Historian, Educator
Location: Parkersburg, Iowa, United States
The Rev. Robert Victor Schnucker, Historian and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Dr. Schnucker felt drawn to the ministry for as long as he can remember, as he descends from a long line of ministers dating back to the year 1850. Another one of his lifelong interests was history, and he always felt that history and religion worked well together. This encouraged him to pursue teaching in the seminary. To do this, Dr. Schnucker would need to be ordained and earn a PhD. He began that journey by graduating from seminary school and earning a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Dubuque in 1956. He was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church that same year. In the following years, he worked as a pastor at United Presbyterian Church USA in Springville, Iowa, and Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Labelle, Missouri. However, he soon found himself drifting away from his career as a pastor. He was apt to pursue scholarship and teaching outside of the ministry, and so he did. He earned a master’s degree in 1960, and later, in 1969, a PhD, both from the University of Iowa. Dr. Schnucker went on to work as a professor at Truman State University from 1963 until 1999. He has additionally acted as a visiting professor of the humanities at the University of Northern Iowa.
Dr. Schnucker’s roots in the ministry never truly left him, though. In 1999, he returned to his work in the church. He worked as an interim pastor at several local churches in his area from 1999 until 2005. One of Dr. Schnucker’s greatest accomplishments in his work was founding the 16th Century Journal and the 16th Centuries Conference. He did this in response to a lack of jobs for young individuals graduating from seminary school. Dr. Schnucker has been honored several times by the 16th Centuries Conference. In 1997, he received the Medal for Significant Achievement in Early Modern Studies, and in 1998, he was named a fellow in the study of religion. Outside of the conference, he was awarded the Presidential Citation for Contributions to the University from Truman State University in 1997. He additionally has been a member of many esteemed organizations in his field, including the American History Association, the American Society of Church History, and the Society for Values in Higher Education. Dr. Schnucker has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in the Midwest, as well as the 4th edition of Who’s Who in Religion and the 6th edition of Who’s Who in American Education. In 2019, he was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his myriad achievements.
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