The Office of Career Exploration & Development and The Gilpatrick Center for Student Research & Fellowships empower students to integrate their liberal arts education in achieving a lifetime of personal and professional fulfillment. We provide programs, partnerships and resources that guide career exploration and promote students’ ability to live, work, and lead in a complex world.
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Michael Caravana has been the head men’s lacrosse coach at Denison on two separate occasions. He began at Denison in 1990 and coached the team until 2005. He would return three years later and resume his post. Under Caravana’s direction Denison men’s lacrosse has become one of the elite programs in all of NCAA Division III. A 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia, Caravana was a four-time All-American attackman for the Cavaliers. He earned a bachelor's degree in education and was a captain during his senior season. Caravana led Virginia in scoring three times and in assists all four seasons.
Following graduation, Caravana spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University, then returned to Virgina., where he served as assistant head coach under Jim "Ace" Adams before accepting the head coaching position at Denison in the fall of 1990. In 1998, Caravana earned his master's degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy. Caravana ranks second in all-time victories at Denison, trailing only his predecessor, Ferris "Tommy" Thomsen, Jr., who guided DU to 255 wins over the course of 25 seasons (1966-1990). In 1994 he was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division III Coach of the Year. He has also been the recipient of the NCAC Coach of the Year award on multiple occasions. In 2003 he began a four-year commitment as the assistant coach for the United States lacrosse national team which earned a silver medal at the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championships.
He is a member of the Charlottesville Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Ohio Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame and the Long Island Metro Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Andrew Carlson has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout the United States. Of his 1998 Merkin Hall performance the New York Times wrote "Mr. Carlson is a demon fiddler and his performance here was serious and concentrated." He has earned both a MM and BMUS from the University of Georgia and a DMA in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. While earning his DMA, he was the recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship and the Pelzer Competition Fellowship. Dedicated to the performance of new music, Mr. Carlson was a regular performer with the Iowa Center for New Music and the University of Georgia Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He is featured on the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble's ACA Digital CD "The Voice and the Virtuoso" (includes Pierrot Lunaire). As a soloist he has performed with orchestras including The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Huntington West Virginia Symphony, The Welsh Hills Symphony, The Land of Legend Philharmonic, and The University of Iowa Symphony. Andrew has studied with Leopold La Fosse and Thomas Joiner.
An active teacher, Andrew has served as a faculty member at Morehead State University and the Preucil School of Music. He has served as a faculty member at Suzuki institutes including Ithaca, NY, The University of Memphis, Capital University (Columbus, OH), and South Carolina (Furman University). Currently an Associate Professor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, he teaches violin, conducts the chamber orchestra and directs the bluegrass ensemble.
In addition to his experience as a classical violinist, Andy began learning traditional fiddle music from his grandfather at age 5. He has won numerous fiddle contests and has twice been named the Georgia State Champion Fiddler and was named the 2000 Ohio Grand Champion fiddler. His book entitled A Guide to American Fiddling has recently been released by Mel Bay Publishers. As a studio musician and string arranger he has recorded for Warner Bros., Atlantic, Elektra, Geffen, Polydor, and Capricorn and with artists including R.E.M., Nanci Griffith, Billy Bragg, and the Cowboy Junkies.
Nan Carney-DeBord has served as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation and the faculty chair of the Department of Physical Education since 2011-12. A 1980 graduate of Denison University and a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame, she returned to her alma mater in 2011 after spending 25 years as the head women's basketball coach and faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Prior to accepting the post to guide Denison's athletic department, Carney-DeBord was one of the winningest coaches in Division III women's basketball history, posting a career record of 433-227 while guiding Ohio Wesleyan to six NCAA Division III Tournament berths. The Battling Bishops captured five NCAC championships and she was a seven-time conference Coach of the Year. In 2001, she guided her team to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament and was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year.
In 2009, Carney-DeBord became only the 33rd coach in Division III history to reach the 400-win mark. In addition to her time as the head women's basketball coach at Ohio Wesleyan, she spent six seasons (1985-1990) as the head field hockey coach at OWU where her teams posted a .714 winning percentage and began a streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances that would eventually conclude in 1993. At Ohio Wesleyan, she also served as assistant athletics director from 1987 to 1993 and associate athletics director from 1993 through 2003.
Carney-DeBord was a four-year letter winner in basketball and field hockey at Denison. A wing and point guard in basketball, she was team captain and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior. As a back on the Denison field hockey squad, she was a three-year captain and helped lead the 1979 team to a 12-3-1 record. In 1998, she was inducted in the Varsity D Association Athletics Hall of Fame at Denison. In addition to her bachelor's degree in physical education from Denison, Carney-DeBord earned a master's of arts in athletics administration from Kent State University.
Timothy Carpenter began playing piano at the age of three. He took his first formal lesson at age four and continued his studies resulting in a piano scholarship to The University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music.
While studying classical piano he continued his love for Gospel music. He has worked with many of the legendary gospel artist including, Pastor Marvin Winans, Vicki Winans, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Donald Lawrence, Fred Hammond, Commissioned, and The Clark Sisters.
T.W. is an accomplished song writer penning songs recorded by Bishop Norman L. Wagner and The Mt. Calvary Concert Choir, which landed his first Stellar Award nomination, Tramaine Hawkins, on her Grammy winning “Live” recording and the “Hit” song “Jesus Promised”, recorded by the Chicago Mass Choir and Rev. Daryl Coley.
He has also been heralded as a master studio musician. His work on Fred Hammond’s “Lift Up Your Heads” on the Grammy Award winning, “Handel’s Soulful Messiah” showcased his masterful ability to arrange classical strings and piano over stylish synths peppered with a traditional gospel Hammond organ.
T.W. has won critical acclaim as a Musical Director for several professional theatres. He has directed such musicals as “Oklahoma”, “South Pacific”, “The Wiz”, “Purlie”, and his band direction of Donald Lawrence’s, “Sing Hallelujah”, was a part of the Tony Award winning season at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He was also nominated for the “Kevin Klein Award” for his music direction of “Crowns” at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, that same production was a part of the 2007 Tony Award winning season of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Tim’s abilities have taken him to many countries including England, Canada, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Jamaica and Switzerland.
Currently T.W. is the Pastor of God’s Way Ministries International and serves as a member of the faculty of the Music Department of Denison University.
Tom Carroll has been Instructor of Guitar at Denison University since 1980. Since 2000 he has also been Coordinator of Jazz Studies.
Besides leading his own trio, featuring organist Hank Marr, he has played with a wide variety of artists in the world of jazz and the entertainment world. Some of the jazz artists he has performed with are Louis Bellson, Jack McDuff, Rusty Bryant, Hank Marr, Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Heath, Ernie Watts, Frank Foster, Cal Collins, Gene Bertoncini and Howard Alden. He has performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston,S.C. with Violinist Ola Hanson, Mansfield Jazz Festival with the RUSTY BRYANT/HANK MARR QUARTET, the Columbus Jazz and Ribs Fest and JAZZ-ON -THE GREEN in Parkersburg, W.V. as well as several I.A.J.E. Conventions with Hank Marr.
As a teacher he has also serves on the faculties of The Ohio State University and Capital University.
His first recording as a leader is, "CITY LIGHTS", featuring Hank Marr, Gary Carney and Jim Rupp. A live disc will be released in spring 2002. Both discs are available on the COJAZZ label. Tom is also an affiliate artist with the JAZZ ARTS GROUP of Columbus.
The Center for Women and Gender Action strives to affirm the multi-faceted identities of individuals, while also raising awareness of issues including but not limited to gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, national origin, women’s health, reproduction, gendered violence and how these issues intersect.
A native of Michigan, Catherine Champagne earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2008. In 2010, she earned her Master's Degree in Public Health from The Ohio State University with a specialization in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Catherine joined Denison's Student Development staff in November 2011, as Coordinator of Alcohol, Drug, and Health Education. On campus, Catherine is responsible for developing, organizing, and facilitating wellness education programs and campaigns for Denison students. She also chairs campus committees related to alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct prevention and education.
The chemistry and biochemistry curriculum is designed to teach students how to deal effectively with a world increasingly dominated by the ideas and methods of modern science. Denison students and faculty enjoy a unique environment for active learning throughout the year—small classes, excellent laboratory and library facilities, and top-level instrumentation and computer resources.
Dr. Wei Cheng is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Denison University. She was born in Beijing, China where she studied conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music. She earned both her masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting at the College Conservatory of Music-University of Cincinnati. She is an active clinician and guest conductor in Ohio, Indiana, and in Beijing, China.
Dr. Cheng has served as music director of the University of Cincinnati Women's Chorus, directed Earlham College choirs, interned at the Chicago Symphony Chorus, was a Conducting Fellow in the Chorus America Conducting Workshops; conducted the Oregon Bach Festival and National Conductor’s Symposium with Vancouver Chamber Choir (Canada).
Her recent engagements include guest conducting with the Young People’s Chorus at National Center of Performing Arts, Beijing China; China’s national opera company (Central Opera); and Beijing International Children’s Chorus.
Dr. Chin-Parker began teaching at Denison in the fall of 2004. He teaches Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, Research in Cognitive Psychology, and a seminar titled “Creativity and Cognition”. When he is not in the classroom (or his lab), Dr. Chin-Parker enjoys spending time with his family, running on the trails of the Denison Biological Reserve, and attempting to play the guitar.
My research program focuses on the interplay between conceptual knowledge and experience: Conceptual knowledge plays a critical role in shaping the interactions we have with the world, and it is correspondingly shaped by those interactions. Reflecting this interplay, I have adopted two perspectives that frame my research:
- Access to relevant conceptual knowledge can change the processing associated with a given behavior, and so cognitive functions (e.g. category learning and explanation) that tap into conceptual knowledge should be studied in situations where relevant knowledge is available.
- The acquisition of conceptual knowledge, or category learning, should be studied in context. People learn about categories of items as they complete other tasks – the processing associated with these tasks, as well as the goals of the individual, affect what is learned about the categories to which the items belong.
By taking this stance, I am able to examine several important issues that have been overlooked by much of the research in the area. Because there is a tendency in experimental work to isolate cognitive functioning in order to get a “cleaner” view of the processes involved, we sometimes inadvertently change the nature of the processing by removing it from the context in which it typically occurs. This is especially a concern when studying cognitive processes that link up with conceptual knowledge.
Ultimately, my research interests stem from a desire to better appreciate what it means to “understand”. I consider our behaviors, especially cognitive processes, to be largely dedicated to meaning making – seen in the constant questions of a three year old and extending to the way that we reflect on our world and ourselves through art, literature, science. I have selected to study the cognitive processes and structures that underlie the acquisition and use of conceptual knowledge because they are so intimately tied to how we make sense of the world.
Student Research Collaborations
- Avraham Baranes, Summer 2010, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
Title: Working memory and decision making: A look at the somatic marker hypothesis
- Amy Milewski, Summer 2010, Denison University Research Funded Assistantship
Title: The effects of use-relevant information and diagnosticity on conceptual organization
- Elizabeth Cummings, Summer 2008, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
Title: Coherence effects in naturally occurring knowledge
- Julie Tucker, Summer 2008, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
Title: Coherence in real world categories in natural groups
- Jessie Birdwhistell, Summer 2007 and Spring 2008, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
Title: Beyond the solution: Learning about categories during problem solving
- Amber Hill, Summer 2006, Hughes Summer Research Assistantship
Title: The interaction of knowledge and learning with cross-classified items
- Robert Horn, Summer 2006, Denison University Research Funded Assistantship
Title: Constraints on explanations: Empirically testing philosophical theories of explanation
- Catherine Mehta, Summer 2006, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
Title: Structural alignment across category learning paradigms
- Olivia Hernandez, Summer 2005, Hughes Summer Research Assistantship
Title: A process model of explanation-based learning
- Murray Matens, Summer 2005, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
Title: A comparative study of category learning through classification and explanation
- Chin-Parker, S., & Bradner, A. (2010). Background shifts affect explanatory style: How a pragmatic theory of explanation accounts for background effects in the generation of explanations. Cognitive Processing, 11, 227-249.
- Chin-Parker, S. (2010). (Category) Learning by Doing: How Goal Directed Tasks Constrain Conceptual Acquisition. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Patalano, A. L., Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (2006). The importance of being coherent: The role of category coherence in reasoning about cross-classified entities. Journal of Memory and Language, 54, 407-424.
- Chin-Parker, S., Hernandez, O., & Matens, M. (2006). Explanation in Category Learning. In R. Sun & N. Miyake (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Ross, B. H., Chin-Parker, S., & Diaz, M. (2005). Beyond classification learning: A broader view of category learning and category use. In W. Ahn, R. L. Goldstone, B. C. Love, A. B. Markman, & P. Wolff (Eds.), Categorization inside and outside the lab: Festschrift in honor of Douglas L. Medin. Washington, DC: APA.
- Erickson, J., Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (2005). Inference and classification learning of abstract coherent categories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 31, 86-99.
- Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (2004). Diagnosticity and prototypicality in category learning: A comparison of inference learning and classification learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 30, 216-226.
- Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (2002). The effect of category learning on sensitivity to within-category correlations. Memory & Cognition, 30, 353-362.
- Anderson, A. L., Ross, B. H., & Chin-Parker, S. (2002). A further investigation of category learning by inference. Memory & Cognition, 30, 119-128.
- Chin-Parker, S. (July 2011). What Varying the Category Structure and Learning Task Reveal About Inference Learning. Poster presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.
- Chin-Parker, S. (August 2010). (Category) Learning by Doing: How Goal Directed Tasks Constrain Conceptual Acquisition. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, OR.
- Chin-Parker, S. (May 2010). Use-Relevant Features Constrain Category Learning. Paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
- Chin-Parker, S. & Bradner, A. (September 2009). A Philosopher and a Psychologist Walk Into a Lab…: An Interdisciplinary Study of Explanation. Talk presented to the Denison Scientific Association. Granville, OH.
- Birdwhistell, J. & Chin-Parker, S. (November 2008). Beyond the Solution: Problem Solving as Category Learning. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society. Chicago, IL.
- Chin-Parker, S. & Bradner, A. (August 2008). The Pragmatics of Explanation. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Washington, D.C.
- Bradner, A. & Chin-Parker, S. (July 2008). An Empirical Constraint on the Pragmatic Theory of Explanation. Poster presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.
- Chin-Parker, S., Hernandez, O., & Matens, M. (November 2006). Explanation as Category Learning. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society. Houston, TX.
- Chin-Parker, S., Hernandez, O., & Matens, M. (August 2006). Explanation in Category Learning. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
- Chin-Parker, S. (October 2005). An Explanation (and Exploration) of Category Learning. Denison University Department of Psychology Colloquium. Granville, OH.
- Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (May 2005). Category Learning (Not) Made Simple: The Effect of Learning Two Category Sets on Classification Performance. Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
- Effland, K. J., Lancaster, K., Polovick, M. A., Welker, K. G., & Chin-Parker, S. (May 2005). The Effect of Abstract Knowledge on a Category Construction Task. Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Foreign language courses allow entry into the subjectivity of the language on its own cultural and linguistic grounds, allowing for a more profound redefinition of culture. The Department of Modern Languages provides Chinese language courses for the purpose of general education and in support of other college programs.
Teaching and research interests:
Francophone literatures and cultures and New World Studies. Postcolonial discourses. Transnational studies. Modern and contemporary French literature and culture.
Time, space and self-definition. Past and memory. Identity and migration. Images of childhood and motherhood. Feminine voices. Language and Identity. Language courses.
- “Babel à Montréal : ces nomades qui ‘tropicalisent’ la planète”. Metropolitan Mosaics and Melting-pots: Paris and Montreal in francophone literatures. Ed by Pascale De Souza and Adlai Murdoch. Cambridge Scholars Press. Tentative date of publication: late 2012 (forthcoming)
- “Espace, temps et quête identitaire dans l’œuvre de Maryse Condé : l’Amérique du Nord dans Desirada” MaComère.12.1 (2010) : 30-44. http://www.macomerejournal.com/issues/012a.html
- “L'espace/temps de l'origine : reflets identitaires dans les récits d'enfance de Confiant, Chamoiseau (de Martinique), Laferrière et Ollivier (d'Haïti)” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée. 38.1. (2011) : 25-39.
- “Étude sociolinguistique d'un conflit entre les deux hôpitaux de Moncton comme révélateur de la place de la communauté francophone à Moncton.” L'Acadie plurielle : dynamiques identitaires collectives et développement au sein des réalités acadiennes. Magord, André. Moncton: Centre d'études acadiennes/Institut d'Études Acadiennes et Québécoises de l'Université de Poitiers, 2003.
The major in Cinema is designed for the serious student who is interested in the history, theory, and production of film and video as art forms. Students learn the process of producing creative works of cinema utilizing both film and digital equipment. The goals of the major are to provide students with a working knowledge of the principles of production in connection with an understanding of Cinema as an art form.
As part of the Department of Classics, the major and minor in Classics entails an education in both ancient Greek and Latin, focusing on the literature, history and culture of both ancient Greece and Rome. Whether through the art of poetry, the rhetoric of politics, the logic of philosophy, or the analysis of historiography, the study of Greek and Latin inculcates a lucidity of expression and a predilection for reason, as it inspires creativity, civic awareness, ethical behavior, and critical inquiry.
At Denison, health and well-being represent important aspects of campus life. Students, faculty, and staff have access to the Mitchell Center. Students are eligible to participate in intramural sports as well as the Club Sports program, which includes a variety of competitive, noncompetitive, and recreational and instructional sports activities.
Dr. Kristen Cole earned her PhD from the University of New Mexico with emphases in Rhetoric, Media and Cultural Studies. She is interested in constructions of identity and enactments of agency within marginalized communities and how these are represented in publicly mediated spaces. She utilizes feminist, queer, critical/cultural and rhetorical approaches to media texts in order to understand the ways power is exerted and negotiated and the ways change is enacted. Her research and teaching focus on how communication at interpersonal, social, and cultural levels restricts and promotes social justice.
Dr. Cole has researched topics such as citizenship and immigration, race and ethnicity, science and technology, and gender and sexuality. Her dissertation project focused on the ways that the Objectùm Sexuality community (a term that indicates identification with emotional and sexual ties or longings toward objects) communicates various feelings and experiences within an online forum in hopes of facilitating understanding and respect for their beliefs and desires. Other research projects include rhetorical analyses of mediated representations of identical twins in film and advertising and analyses of communicative conflict within feminist perspectives on pornography and public perspectives on plural marriage.
Dr. Cole teaches COMM 115: Race and Communication and COMM 320: Language, Culture, and Communication.
Maddie Coleman begins his first season as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Denison in 2013-14.
Coleman comes to Granville from Glenalmond College in Perth, Scotland where she spent the last year as a girls lacrosse coach and sports assistant after a four-year playing career at the perennial powerhouse Gettysburg College.
During her time at Glenalmond, Coleman was responsible for coaching lacrosse throughout the fall and winter terms, while also working for the athletic department. Her responsibilities included preparing practice and travel plans, and teaching physical education classes. In addition, Coleman was the assistant lacrosse coach for the U19 Scotland National team while touring in Canada during the 2013 FIL Women's Lacrosse World Cup.
While at Gettysburg, Coleman started 37 of 40 games in goal over her final two seasons with the Bullets. In 2011, she finished 4th in the nation with a .534 save percentage and 10th in goals-against average. The following year, Coleman's .534 save percentage ranked 10th in the country, while her GAA was 11th-best in Division III. She was a two-time first-team Centennial Conference selection and a two-time All-Metro Region honoree. As a tri-captain in 2012, Coleman earned IWCLA All-American status after helping the Bullets capture the Centennial Conference Championship. Coleman was the starting goalie on Gettysburg's first Division III Women's Lacrosse National Championship team in 2011. She was also named to the NCAA All-tournament Team that year.
A native of Lexington, Va., Coleman graduated in May of 2012 with a bachelor of arts in political science and minor in health science.
Brian Collingwood joined the Denison community in January 2012 and is responsible for the management and growth of the Denison Internship Program. On the CE&D team and as a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (MwACE), and the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), Brian focuses on positively impacting the career exploration and professional development experiences of individuals within the community. He is a former corporate recruiter and came to Denison after completing his graduate assistantship with The University of Akron’s Career Center, where he served on the employer relations team. Additionally, Brian interned at John Carroll University where he engaged in diversity awareness and leadership programs centered on identifying and developing transferable skills.
As a graduate student at The University of Akron, Brian was appointed to the The University of Akron Research Foundation’s Student Venture Fund, where he reviewed business proposals linked to local innovators seeking start-up funding.
Yadi joined Denison in May 2008. Prior to Denison, Yadi served for 9 years as the Registrar and Director of One Stop Student Services at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics from Ankara University in Ankara,Turkey and her M.B.A from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.
Kirk Combe teaches literature, critical theory, and writing at Denison University. His specialty area is Restoration and 18th-Century British literature, with an emphasis on satire and stage comedy. He teaches upper-level courses in the poetry, prose, drama, and culture of the early modern period. He also teaches survey courses in early British literature. In addition to these literature courses, he teaches upper-level courses in critical and cultural theory as well as first-year composition. He won the Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award, Denison University, 2011.
Combe has published A Martyr for Sin: Rochester’s Critique of Polity, Sexuality, and Society (University of Delaware Press, 1998) and co-edited Theorizing Satire: Essays in Literary Criticism (St. Martins Press, 1995). He has published as well numerous articles on satire, drama, literary history, popular culture, pedagogy, and aging in academic journals such as Modern Philology; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700; The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation; Notes and Queries; Pretexts: Studies in Writing and Culture; Eighteen-Century Life; Journal of Aging and Identity; and The Journal of Popular Culture. Some of his essays have been anthologized. He has also edited Restoration drama in The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Drama (2001) and contributed a chapter entitled “The Sentimental and the Satirical” to The Blackwell Companion to Restoration Drama (2001). He regularly reviews scholarly books for academic journals such as Notes and Queries; Scriblerian; Restoration: Studies in English Literary culture, 1660-1700; and 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. He’s also published short fiction in literary journals, and his first novel, entitled 2084, came out in 2009 from Mayhaven Publishing.
Combe received his B.A. from Davidson College (North Carolina) and his M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College (Vermont). He completed his D.Phil. in literature at Oxford University, England. He has taught at universities in both Europe and the United States. Prior to becoming a career egghead, he spent several years playing professional basketball in Switzerland and Germany.
The tradition at Denison of celebrating Commencement outdoors began nearly 50 years ago, giving students, faculty, parents and friends the opportunity to savor the beautiful campus on a spring day in Granville.
The Department of Communication offers more than 40 courses that present considerable breadth and depth in the areas of rhetoric, media studies, and human communication. We provide a range of resources and programs for students including academically rigorous classes, opportunities to work closely with professors on research, creative teaching that often includes service learning, regular research colloquia and guest speakers, a national honorary society, and more.
*E-waste recycling is brought to you through a partnership with Ohio Drop Off. Electronics can only be collected at the Denison Recycling Center Monday-Friday from 6:30am – 3:00pm. Recycling Center located on Pearl St. in Granville, Ohio.
The John W. Alford Center for Service Learning facilitates opportunities for Denisonians to engage meaningfully in community service and service-learning.
Computer scientists study the inherent complexity of computational problems, and design efficient algorithms to solve them. At Denison, we emphasize the enduring core principles of computer science, and how they can be applied to a vast array of interdisciplinary problems in the natural and social sciences, and the arts.
With a commitment to excellence, the mission of Information Technology Services (ITS) is to support the goals of the college through technology services and innovation in partnership with the broader Denison community.
Suzanne Condray brings eclectic interests in politics, law, rhetoric, gender and documentary to her study of communication. Consequently, she teaches a range of courses that intersect those topics. As an independent videographer, Suzanne has produced documentaries about women's professional basketball and the first woman to run for the U.S. presidency in 1872, Victoria Woodhull. She's passionate about her family, cooking, travelling, a good visual story and trying to live more serenely.
The Controller’s Office, part of the Division of Finance and Management, encompasses the Student Accounts Office and the Accounting Office.
Guitarist Casey Cook has been a musician all of his life. His parents were professional bluegrass musicians, touring the country when Casey was just three years old. At the age of four Casey recorded his first album with their band, Special Cooking. He was then inducted into the Florida Country Music hall of fame as the youngest touring bluegrass musician to perform and record professionally. In 1999 Casey moved to Atlanta, GA as a founding member of The Dappled Grays. After releasing their first studio project In the Gait, The Dappled Grays were given the coveted title of Atlanta's Best Bluegrass Band by Creative Loafing Magazine. Casey was soon featured in the nationally distributed publication, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and had his original work published before he was 21. The Dappled Grays next project was the critically acclaimed “ Doin My Job” released in 2006. Since then the group has had major airplay on radio stations around the world. Casey’s original song “The Night Life” was a top five hit on the Sirius/XM radio program “Bluegrass Junction”. The band was honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2008, performing an official showcase.
Casey joined the Andy Carlson Band in 2002, recording on two studio projects, one of which was voted in the top 50 bluegrass releases of 2005. Casey has shared the stage and taught along side some of the greatest artists in the business including Ricky Scaggs, The Del McCoury Band, David Grier, Mountain Heart, and Claire Lynch. His songs have been featured by MTV, appearing on sound tracks for several television programs.
Casey joined the Music Faculty at Denison University in Granville, Ohio as the bluegrass guitar instructor in 2007. He also serves as the co-director of the Denison Bluegrass Program. Since joining Denison, Casey has enjoyed working closely with Fiddler/Violinist Andy Carlson. The two travel regularly together in a duo configuration throughout the country. He has taught and performed at The University of Texas at Austin String project, SXSW music festival, the Preucil School of music, and most recently a ten-day tour of China. (Performing in Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing) Highlights of this tour include Performing at The Beijing Opera House and The Great Wall of China.