Faculty and Staff Profiles
| Gary F. Schneider
| Asst Professor,
| Office Location:
| Office Hours: 1 - 5 Tuesday - Thursday
- Doctor of Education Leadership / Higher Education - The University of Memphis - 2010
- Master of Science Social Work - The University of Tennessee - 1988
- Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering - North Dakota State University - 1970
- Assistant Professor / BA Program Coordinator, Department of Social Work - The University of Memphis - 2012 - Present
- Principal Investigator -- Defending Childhood Initiative, Department of Social Work - The University of Memphis - 2012 - 2014
- Assistant Professor / MSW Director of Field Placement, Social Work - The University of Memphis - 2011 - 2012
- Director of Field Placement and Community Outreach, Social Work - The University of Memphis - 2003 - 2010
- Licensed Clinical Social Work,   - Private Practice - 1997 - 2005
- Therapist,   - Dayspring Behavioral Health - 2003
- Therapist,   - Counseling Consultants - 2002
- Senior Mental Health Specialist, Behavioral Health - Methodist Healthcare - 1998 - 2002
- Plan Administrator,   - MCC Behavioral Care - 1996-1997
- Acting Team Leader,   - MCC Behavioral Care - 1996
- Lead Clinician,   - MCC Behavioral Care - 1994-1996
- Mental Health Specialist,   - MCC Behavioral Care - 1992-1994
- Counselor,   - Family Service of Memphis - 1988 - 1992
- Director of Case Management Services,   - Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association - 1985 - 1988
- Pastor / Director,   - St. Patrick Church and Center - 1978 - 1984
- Associate Pastor,   - St. Patrick Church and Center - 1975 - 1978
- Nominated for Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award - University of Memphis - 2015
- Dean's Award for Advising Excellence - College of Arts and Sciences - 2014
- Nominated for Distinguished Advising Award - University of Memphis Alumni Association - 2014
- Re-elected as West Branch CNLI Representative - National Association of Social Workers - 2013
- Nominated for Distinguished Advising Award - University of Memphis Alumni Association - 2013
- Nominated for Distinguished Advising Award - University of Memphis Alumni Association - 2012
- Elected as West Branch CNLI Representative - National Association of Social Workers - 2011
- Phi Alpha Honor Society - University of Memphis / Division of Social Work - 2011
- Course Redesign Fellowship - University of Memphis / Advanced Learning Center - 2011
- Nominated for Distinguished Advising Award - University of Memphis Alumni Association - 2010
- Outstanding Student of the Year - Department of Leadership / Higher Education - 2008 - 2009
- Social Response to Human Need - The University of Memphis
- Introduction to Social Work - The University of Memphis
- Introduction to Social Work Research - The University of Memphis
- Foundation Field Placement (MSW Program) - The University of Memphis
- Issues and Trends in Teaching Adults (Dept. of Leadership) - The University of Memphis
- Field Placement - The University of Memphis
- Field Seminar - The University of Memphis
- University of Memphis - Search Committee for Instructor / Coordinator for MSW program - 2015
- University of Memphis - Search Committee for 2 Clinical Assistant Professors to serve MSW and BA programs - 2015
- The University of Memphis - Chair of Search Committee for Lecturer position - 2014
- The University of Memphis - Chair of Search Committee for Instructor position - 2013
- The University of Memphis - Led the BA program through CSWE reaccreditation process - 2012 - 2013
- The University of Memphis - Search Committee for 2 Lecturer Positions - 2012
- The University of Memphis - Search Committee for Departmental Chair - 2011 - 2012
- The University of Memphis - Assisted in the new MSW program passing Benchmark 1 of the CSWE accreditation process - 2011 - 2012
- The University of Memphis - Search Committee for Director of Field Placement - 2010
- The University of Memphis - Search Committee for one new faculty member - 2010
- The University of Memphis - Search Committee for divisional secretary - 2010
- The University of Memphis - MSW Curriculum Development Committee - 2009 - 2010
- The University of Memphis - Search Committee for 3 new faculty members - 2009
- The University of Memphis - Leadership Information Technology Committee - 2009
- The University of Memphis - Campus Advising Committee - 2009
- The University of Memphis - Search committee for one new faculty member - 2008
- The University of Memphis - Search Committee for divisional secretary - 2006
- Shelby Residential and Vocational Services - Human Rights Committee - 2006 - 2014
- The University of Memphis - Stipend Coordinator for IV-E Program - 2006 - 2012
- The University of Memphis - SUAPP Faculty Development Committee - 2004 - 2005
- The University of Memphis - Search committee for two new faculty members - 2004
- Murrell, P., Schneider, G., & Gould P. (2009, July/August). Courts as learning organizations: Towards a unifying vision. Judicature, 93(1), 14-21.
- Schneider, G. (2007). Faculty survey: Knowledge and use of information technology in leadership education. Engaging the Learner: 12th Annual Instruction Technology Conference. In ERIC database, Accession number: ED496202.
Appendix B - Student Advising/Mentoring
- Schneider, G. (2012, October 26). Soul-full Social Work: Spirituality and Self Care. Presented at 1st Annual Symposium of the Department of Social Work, Memphis, TN.
- * Schneider, G. (2012, February 3). Soul-full Teaching: Engaging with Students to Transform Values into Action. Presented at 2012 Dalton Institute on College Student Values, Tallahassee, FL.
- Schneider, G. (2011, September 17). Parenting Children Who Have Co-occurring Disorders. Presented at 2011 West Grand Region Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Parent Conference, Memphis, TN.
- * Schneider, G. (2011, June 23). Soul-full Teaching: The Role of Instructors' Spirituality in Promoting Social Justice. Presented at 6th North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, Washington, D.C.
- Schneider G. (2009, October 16). Parenting Children with Dual Diagnoses. Presented at statewide Tennessee Foster Care Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
- Schneider, G., & Simmons, L. (2008, September 20). Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Childhood. Presented at statewide Tennessee Foster Care Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
- Schneider, G. (2008, September 19). Dual Diagnoses in Children. Presented at statewide Tennessee Foster Care Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
- * Schneider, G. (2007, April 2). Faculty survey: Knowledge and use of information technology in leadership education, (Poster presentation). Engaging the Learner: 12th Annual Instruction Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
- Schneider, G. (2006, September 15). Teens and the Web. Presented at statewide Tennessee Foster Care Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
Appendix C - Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities
- September 2014: For past 11 years, I have advised 40-60 students per semester (some semesters, many more than that), assisted with New Student Orientation (NSO), and served as a resource for faculty in the Department in regard to advising concerns (for example: implementation of the Banner system; modifications in curricular requirements within the College of Arts and Sciences; and use of the UMDegree system). In 2010, 2012, and 2013, I was nominated for the University of Memphis’ Alumni Association’s Distinguished Advising Award and, in 2014, was selected to receive the Dean's Office Award for Advising Excellence.
Appendix E - Outreach
- May 2010: Completed dissertation entitled Soul-full Teaching. The study is a qualitative research study done with the purpose of exploring how seven teachers at a mid-southern, state-supported, urban research university perceive their spirituality to inform their teaching philosophy. The researcher discusses the increased attention noted in educational literature, in recent years, with respect to the relationship between the spirituality of teachers and the ways in which they think about, and engage in, teaching. The heart of the study is based in his exploration of these concerns with seven teachers in higher education in regard to six areas of inquiry: What do these teachers in higher education think about their spirituality and/or religion? What do these teachers in higher education think about the processes of teaching and learning? How do spirituality and teaching come together in the cognitive processes, the affective experiences, and the actions—that is, in the person—of each of the participants? What are the perceptions of these teachers with respect to the factors that have enabled them to reach, or not to reach, their students in ways that promote growth and development? What kinds of experiences have manifested these learning and developmental exchanges? And what can be learned about the connections between spirituality and teaching based on the perceptions and experiences of these seven teachers in higher education? The researcher details the unique story of each professor with respect to these six questions and summarizes the common perspectives of the participants in regard to these concerns. He concludes that the experiences and perspectives of these seven participants indicate that spirituality is an important frame of reference through which some teachers see, experience, and interact with the world, which, in turn, informs their teaching. This type and degree of influence differs from one person to the next, but the composite picture presented in the stories of these seven professors attests to the fact that spirituality does inform the teaching of some teachers in higher education. The researcher concludes by suggesting that the institution of higher education would do well to find ways of building on this important resource in its midst. Available at: https://umwa.memphis.edu/etd/.
- In my capacity as Program Coordinator of the undergraduate program in Social Work, I am charged with the responsibilities of setting up class schedules that will meet the needs of our students and securing skilled personnel to teach these classes, mediating conflicts that may arise in regard to class developments, and monitoring staff and student needs both inside and outside of the classroom setting. I also oversee our competency evaluation processes each semester, our compliance with the accreditation requirements of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and our compliance with the accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- I also serve as the departmental liaison to that part of our social work program offered on the university's Lambuth campus. The responsibilities relative to this function include coordinating students' progression through the program, scheduling of classes and staffing the classes offered at that site, marketing the program, and building the Department of Social Work's relationship with the staff at the Lambuth campus as necessary for program development.
- I also serve, year round, as the departmental contact and advisor for any students who are interested in and/or involved with the Title IV-E program. This is a tuition assistance/stipend internship program with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services (DCS). The program provides financial assistance and additional training to social work students in exchange for their commitment to work for DCS following graduation.
- Each semester, I share in field liaison responsbilities of the department. This involves visiting a number of agencies at which our students are engaged in field placement (internship) to monitor the students' progress, clarifying departmental expectations, and helping to resolve any problems that may be surfacing in the placement setting.