Peter Konwerski

Peter Konwerski

Professorial Lecturer
Rice 401
Address: Rice Hall
2121 I (Eye) St, NW
Washington DC,
Phone: 202-994-6710
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Human Services and Community, Empowering for Social Change, Seminar in Human Services, Current Issues

Dr. Peter Konwerski brings over twenty years of experience working with Washington, DC area educational associations, non-profit organizations and government agencies through various board, staff, and volunteer capacities.  He has acted as principal investigator on several federal and state grants, served as policy writer for the Corporation for National Service where he helped write funding guidelines for Learn and Serve America, coordinated the Call to Serve Campaign with the Partnership for Public Service, sat on the Blueprint Task Force for the US Public Service Academy, and supported the Community Research and Learning (CORAL) Network. Dr. Konwerski earned a Doctorate in Education and Human Development, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and a BA in Human Services from The George Washington University.

He currently serves as Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students for the Division of Student and Academic Support Services at The George Washington University.   As Dean of Students, Dr. Konwerski manages a diverse staff of 125 educational professionals responsible for student academic success, student academic engagement, and student wellness, education, and prevention programs for GW undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

In addition to his administrative work, he holds academic appointments in the GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the Sociology Department in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.  In those roles he teaches and advises Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral students and supports a number of student research and service projects.  To date, he has assisted in the direction of nine dissertations.

His research allows him to explore the nexus of various educational, human service, and public policy issues.  Interests include collegiate service-learning, volunteer management and motivation, philanthropy, and spirituality and service.  His interest in popular cultural, including youth activism, media, art, and entertainment have allowed him to explore a variety of diverse transcultural communities to examine issues of race, class, and stratification.  His preferred pedagogical approach uses service-learning strategies and methods of civic engagement and community service to motivate students to more actively participate in their communities, through this application which melds the academic curriculum and community-based, volunteerism in the civic sector.


EdD The George Washington University, 1997

Classes Taught

HSSJ 1117  Organizing for Social Justice in Human Services
HSSJ 4195  Capstone Seminar in Human Services