Professor Kowalewski joined Weber State University in 1995 from the University of Maryland where she completed a Ph.D in sociology. She is a full and tenured professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and co-director of the Community Involvement Center at Weber State University. Kowalewski's main teaching and research areas include the Sociology of Family, Gender, and Work as well as Research Methods, Social Psychology, Social Problems and community-based learning. Service-learning and community-based research are teaching techniques commonly used in Kowalewski's classes and the focus of her most recent research agenda. Currently, Kowalewski is engaging her research methods students in program evaluation research for a youth development program located in downtown Ogden. Much of her recently published research, as well as presentations at state, national, and international conferences, have focused on the use of service-learning and community-base research as teaching tools. Additionally, she has published work investigating the relationship between occupational gender segregation and the wage gap between men and women. A co-director of the Community Involvement Center, Kowalewski is responsible for facilitating curricular based service experiences for students and faculty across WSU's seven colleges.