Robert L. Schneider, PhD

Robert Schneider

Dr. Robert (Bob) L. Schneider is Professor Emeritus (1974-2008) at the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his MSW (1972) and PhD (1975) degrees in social work from Tulane University.  In 1985, he became a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. Additionally, he served as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Israel during 1979-80 and 1989-90. 

Dr. Schneider has made public service and advocacy in the field of aging practice and policy a priority. In 1981, he served as a Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.  He then was appointed to and served on the Governor’s Advisory Board to the Virginia Department for the Aging by three consecutive Governors:  Robb, Baliles, and Wilder (1982-93).

As a leader in the field of aging, Dr. Schneider co-founded and served as the first President of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work in 1981.  In 1997, he founded Influencing State Policy (ISP), a group promoting inclusion of policy advocacy at the state level into the curricula of all programs of social work education nationally.  He served as Chairman of ISP for eleven years. He is especially proud of ISP’s mantra: “Policy Affects Practice and Practitioners Affect Policy.” Dr. Schneider also created a 5 part CD/video series on policy advocacy. The Council on Social Work Education gave him its Distinguished Recent Contributions Award in 2002. 

Publications include co-authoring one book, Social Work Advocacy: A Framework for Action (1999) and co-editing Gerontological Social Work Practice: Knowledge, Service Settings, and Special Populations, 2nd Edition (2000). He also published 49 journal articles and made 99 conference presentations. 

Dr. Schneider is currently tutoring students at John Tyler Community College in the Great Expectations program that is designed to support foster children entering higher education. 

Dr. Schneider has been a member of the Virginia Center on Aging’s Advisory Board since 1997.