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Peter Polinski

Associate Director, Advising Center

Lecturer of Writing

Majors in which I specialize:

Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, History, Journalism, Languages and Culture, Latin American/Caribbean/LatinX Studies, Literature, Math and Computer Science, Philosophy and Critical Thought, and Transfer Students in the Music Program.


Representative Courses Taught at Purchase:

Practicum in Peer Advising; College Writing; Advanced Critical Writing Workshop; College Success Seminar; Culture and Society in the West; Religion, Science and Modernity; Counterculture Learning Community Seminar 

More About Me

Peter Polinski arrived at Purchase as an undergraduate in 2000, hailing from the greater Philadelphia area, where he initially pursued playing in various musical genres and enjoyed performing as much as possible.  He has earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Purchase and continues to play with musicians in jazz and contemporary styles.

Peter first joined the Academic Advising team in a joint appointment between the Advising Center and Learning Center, where he spent a great deal of time advising and tutoring undergrads. He is now the Associate Director of Advising in the Advising Center, where he enjoys working closely with undergrads and offering student support to maximize student success. Peter is currently working on texts on plants and herbal medicine and philosophy/literature. He enjoys researching and writing for that, as well as playing the piano and drums and performing music.  

Professional Development Activities

Inaugural SUNY Academic Advising Conference (2018), presenter, Collaborating to Improve Incoming Freshmen Advisement and Registration