Meet Andrew C. Schoeneman, Ph.D., recent Ph.D. Program graduate
Schoeneman completed his Ph.D. at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in spring 2015. His dissertation, “Community Collaboration in Virginia Legal Aid Programs: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Investigation,” was funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia and the Hans Falck Scholarship. With particular emphasis on social and economic justice, Schoeneman’s research examines how legal aid programs collaborate with low-income communities, as well as the role of social work and other disciplines in preparing future generations of third-sector leaders. Recent peer-reviewed products have reflected his deep commitment to the role of creativity in community organizing and the conceptualization and implementation of macro social work education. Underlying these projects is a passion for how organizations and practitioners navigate policy complexity in order to mobilize communities for positive social change. As a community practitioner himself, he’s spent 14 years coordinating large system change. Schoeneman is currently curriculum transformation coordinator in the VCU School of Social Work and an adjunct faculty member in the M.S.W. and B.S.W. programs as well as in the Master of Nonprofit Studies Program at the University of Richmond.