Expert Bios

Expert Bios

Columbia University School of General Studies Dean Peter Awn

Peter J. Awn, Ph.D.

Dean, School of General Studies
Professor, Department of Religion

Director, Middle East Institute

Expertise
Nontraditional student education; Islamic religion and politics; comparative religion

Education
Ph.D., Harvard University
M.Div., Woodstock College
B.A., Fordham University

Interviews
ABC World News with Diane Sawyer; Fox News; Huffington Post; The New York Times

Biography
Peter J. Awn, Ph.D., is in his 20th year as dean of the School of General Studies. For 37 years, he has been a professor of Islamic and comparative religion at Columbia University, and has also been visiting professor at Princeton University and has lectured widely to academic and business professionals on the role Islamic religion plays in the current political and social development of the Muslim world. Awn was the first recipient of the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Award for distinguished teaching and research. His book, Satan's Tragedy and Redemption: Iblîs in Sufi Psychology, a study of the devil in Islamic mysticism (Sufism), was the recipient of a book award from the American Council of Learned Societies.

 

Dean of Enrollment Management School of General Studies Curtis Rodgers

Curtis Rodgers

Vice Dean, School of General Studies 

Expertise
Identification of top-performing adult, returning, and veteran students; enrollment management; adult education

Education
M.A., State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany
B.A., State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany

Interviews
CBS News; New York Times On Education

Biography

In his 19th year at the School of General Studies, Curtis Rodgers is vice dean, overseeing the offices of admissions, financial aid, and communications. During his time at Columbia University, he has gained broad experience identifying a variety of top-performing, adult, returning, and veteran students, and developing innovative enrollment and retention strategies for these distinct populations. Rodgers was awarded a gold medal for his student recruitment campaign from the Council of Advancement and Support of Education, an award of distinction for recruitment publications from the Creativity 28, and a merit award for best admissions print advertising in U.S. Ad Review. Before coming to Columbia University, Rodgers was a marketing manager for AT&T.