Rob Schnieders

VP, Online Strategy & Innovation at Fairfield University

Rob Schnieders has dedicated his career to applying innovative pedagogy and technology to advance access and learning outcomes for learners at the undergraduate, graduate, professional, and K-12 levels.

Most recently, Schnieders led the strategy for academic support and university guidance for high school students from more than 20 countries studying at Amerigo Education’s network of Catholic high schools in the U.S.

Prior to joining Amerigo, Schnieders was senior associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Chicago Graham School, where he led graduate and professional degree and certificate programs. Schnieders was also the director of national engagement for the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago, where he helped lead a 2,000+ student, Pre-K to Grade 12, school network. Schnieders was also a lecturer in the Master’s of Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Previously, Schnieders was the chief learning officer at Deltak/Wiley, where he worked extensively with academic leadership and university faculty in the development and support of innovative, technology-enabled learning experiences. He was also co-founder of AHA! interactive which created online, problem-based learning environments for middle school students. AHA! was sold to SchoolNet, Inc. and later to Pearson Education.

Schnieders earned a bachelor of science degree in radio, television and film as well as a master’s in learning sciences from Northwestern University.


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