Michael Schneider directs the Washington Public Diplomacy Program, which is a spring semester requirement for students enrolled in their second year of the dual MA in International Relations and MS in Public Relations Program, a joint initiative of Syracuse University's Maxwell School and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In the 1980s, Dr. Schneider was Deputy Associate and Acting Associate Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) for policy and programs and served as USIA Liaison with the National Security Council. He was Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State in the mid-1990s. He served as executive secretary of a panel of U.S. and international leaders who examined the Fulbright Exchange Program, and authored the report, Fulbright at Fifty, and a subsequent report to the State Department, Others' Open Doors. Dr. Schneider served as the Director of Maxwell-in-Washington until 2009.