Craig Schneider in the lab

Office Location: Life Sciences Center 223
Office Phone: 860.297.2233



  • Gettysburg College 1966-1970. B.A., Biology, 1970.
  • Duke University 1970-1975. Ph.D., Botany, 1975.


Teaching Philosophy
Craig Schneider’s goal in teaching is to help students understand the natural world by logically dissecting it, then finding out how it all fits back together. If students can develop ways of thinking that challenge their established assumptions, then he has succeeded. Schneider provides his classes the facts of a subject, but he does not expect them to memorize these webs of information; rather, he wants the students to interpret the significance of these facts in a greater context. He allows them to make mistakes in their “logical” thinking, then use the mistakes as a platform for constructive discussion. Using such tools, he believes students truly learn the material in a useful manner, one which will carry forth well after any class they have taken with him.


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Honors and Awards

  • The Gerald W. Prescott Award, Phycological Society of America, for 1991 book, Seaweeds of the Southeastern United States, Duke University Press, 1993
  • Awarded the Charles A. Dana Research Prize, 1995
  • Awarded the Thomas Church Brownell Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 1996
  • Named the Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology, 1998
  • Awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 2000
  • The Frank Shipley Collins Award, Northeast Algal Society, 2003