The Catholic University of America

John J. Convey, Ph.D.

IPR Fellow and Executive Board Member
Email: convey[at]
Phone: (202) 319-5244
Department: Education

John J. Convey (PhD, Florida State University, 1974) is the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education, and former Provost (1997-2007) of The Catholic University of America. His professional work focuses on research and strategic planning for Catholic schools. Thus, over the past 28 years, he has conducted diocesan-wide planning and evaluation studies for the Catholic schools in the Archdioceses of Altanta, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Mobile, and Washington, and the Dioceses of Alexandria (LA), Biloxi, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Cheyenne, Corpus Christi, Honolulu, and Providence. He is currently conducting planning studies for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Dr. Convey is the author or editor of eight books on Catholic education: Catholic Schools Make A Difference: Twenty-five Years of Research (1992), Strategic Planning for Catholic Schools: A Diocesan Model of Consultation (1996), Benchmarks of Excellence: Diocesan and Local Catholic School Boards (1997), Weaving Christ’s Seamless Garment: Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (1999), Catholic Schools at the Crossroads: Survival and Transformation (2000), The Catholic Character of Catholic Schools (2000), Weathering the Storm (2009), and What Do Our Children Know About Their Faith? (2010) and many articles.

Dr. Convey was the 1991 recipient of the C. Albert Koob Award, given by the National Catholic Educational Association for outstanding national service to Catholic schools. In November 2005 he was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of his service to The Catholic University of America and to Catholic schools. In 2011 the National Catholic Educational Association at its annual meeting awarded him the Neil D’Amour Award for his work with Catholic school boards and the President’s Award at the annual Seton Awards Gala for his research and strategic planning for Catholic schools nationally. He is currently a Commissioner on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and a member of the Committee on Education of the Bishops and Presidents Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.