April 2024 News

Dr. Olufowote and Academy Senior Daniel Yoo Present at MPSA Annual Conference

Friday, April 12, 2024

Last week, Academy senior Daniel Yoo and Dr. Olufowote, Director of Academic Affairs, presented research entitled, “No Study, No Job: The Stigmas Associated with South Korean Vocational Schooling” at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. This research attempts to investigate how South Korean school choice, among other intervening variables, impacts student mental health and well-being.” Of the two main variables found to hold the greatest explanatory power, the authors finds parental involvement tends to have a negative relationship with mental health-well-being among South Korean students, in general, and that vocational students, in particular, benefit from a stronger support among cohort classmates and peers, positively impacting their mental health and well-being.

Dr. Olufowote also served as a discussant for thee panels: Democratic Backslidings and Coercive Challenges, Mental Health and Sports Policies in Educational Contexts, Democratic Advances and Setbacks, and served as panel chair for Democratic Advances and Setbacks.

Dr. Olufowote Selected as Senior Administrator at Johns Hopkins Summer Program

Monday, February 26, 2024

Dr. Joel Olufowote, Director of Academic Affairs, has been selected to serve Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Talented Youth (CTY) this June and July as a senior administrator for its flagship summer program on the Homewood campus of JHU in Baltimore, Maryland. As site director, Olufowote will provide administrative leadership for two, three-week intensive summer academic sessions that historically draws approximately six-hundred gifted and talented high schoolers from around the nation and world. In this role, Olufowote will also oversee the seventy-five staff members instructing and guiding students across the academic, residential, and operational functions of the program.

Founded in 1979 and recognized today as the premier world leader in gifted education, advocacy, and research, CTY is an academic center of JHU that delivers academic excellence, fosters intellectual growth, and provides transformational experiences to exceptional elementary, middle, and high schoolers from a range of diverse backgrounds, communities, and nationalities. This summer, CTY programs will provide a total of 70+ courses in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and humanities to just shy of 6,000 students at several sites located in California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Olufowote is one of ten site directors carefully drawn from a nationwide pool of candidates selected to oversee a CTY program this summer.

Congratulations to Dr. Olufowote on this esteemed accomplishment! Learn more about Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and its academic programs at cty.jhu.edu.

Dr. Joel Olufowote Selected as Discussant at Midwest Conference

Monday, January 29, 2024

Congratulations to Dr. Joel Olufowote, Director of Academic Affairs, on being selected as a discussant for the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, IL this April. Alongside co-presenting original research with Academy senior Daniel Yoo, Dr. Olufowote will be the primary discussant for the research panels, “Democratic Backslidings and Coercive Challenges” and “Mental Health and Sports Policies in Educational Contexts,” while at the conference.