The Personalities of Successful Students

By Paul A. Djupe A few posts ago, I looked at the personalities of Denison students and only partly because I wanted to make ridgeline plots.[1] Mostly, I wanted to see if Denison shapes the elemental ways in which people engage society. The answer was no  – personality appears stable across time. Since student personalities…

Extraverts Have All the Mentors

By Paul A. Djupe In a previous post, I shone a spotlight on Denison’s commitment to mentorship by showing its reported extent among students. It’s arguably one of the signature initiatives of the Weinberg administration, Denison is recognized for it, and you can see the messaging about it regularly. For instance, Denison’s national champion swim…

The Classroom – Schoolhouse of Democracy?

By Paul A. Djupe [photo credit: I took the photo in fall 2016 on the quad, but I don’t know who drew this – anyone want to take credit?] My species, the one that stands at the front and brings markers to class, is frequently touting the benefits of education for democracy: the educated are…

Risk, Gender, and Public Engagement Gaps

By Paul A. Djupe [Part 1 in a forthcoming series] While watching the crowds in Washington DC and around the world at the Women’s March that dwarfed the thin inauguration crowd on Friday, it reminded me of a puzzle that my senior seminar and I found in the fall of 2015. We asked Denison students…