Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
University of Guelph
Office: 614 MacKinnon
Phone: (519) 824-4120 Ext. 52198
Fax: (519) 837-9561
Email: dwalters @ uoguelph.ca
My primary area of interest is quantitative methods
and applied statistics, and my substantive areas of research include the
sociology of education, immigration, and mental health. My current substantive
research covers a variety of issues relating to the school-to-work transitions
of postsecondary graduates. In recent research, I have compared the
school-to-work transitions of trades, college, and university graduates
of various fields of study during the early 1980’s through the mid 1990’s.
I have also investigated the early employment outcomes of university graduates
who obtained a college diploma following graduation. My research
has also focused on issues relating to the underemployment of postsecondary
graduates, where I have provided an empirical evaluation of the credentialist
and human capital theory of education. In addition, I have explored
gender issues relating to school-to-work transitions, and have conducted
policy oriented research which compares the early labour market outcomes
of Aboriginals, other visible minorities, and native-born Canadians with
postsecondary credentials. I am also investigating gender differences in
mental health outcomes.
I am currently a co-investigator two research
grants involving the economic integration of Canadian immigrants.
The first project examines how human capital (e.g., education), social
and situational factors, discrimination, cultural identity, attachment
to community and trust contribute to the labour market outcomes of Canadian
immigrants. The second examines the value and effect of foreign education
and personal/country of origin characteristics on the successful integration
of recent immigrants. These grants are funded by SSHRC and the Canadian
Council on Learning, respectively.
I am also the principal investigator on a SSHRC
standard research grant. The purpose of this research is to examine
the changes and challenges facing postsecondary graduates of various fields
of study in North America. Many of the issues explored in this research
involve the implications of the new “knowledge-based” economy on the school-to-work
transitions of recent graduates. This research also identifies changes
in the school-to-work transitions of graduates of various fields over time
and across cohorts, and involves comparisons among recent university (baccalaureate)
graduates in Canada and the United States.
I am interested in working with graduate students
on topics involving advanced statistical methods. I also offer statistical
consulting to academic and community researchers.
University of Guelph
Methods (SOAN 3120)
This course is an introduction to inferential
statistics, analysis of variance, regression, and multiple regression.
Research (SOC 6130)
This is a graduate course in regression analysis. It covers topics
such as regression with interactions, regression diagnostics, regression
in matrix, logit and probit models, and estimation techniques (i.e., maximum
Analysis (SOC 6660)
This course covers advanced regression topics including linear and
generalized linear models, hierarchical linear models (i.e., models with
fixed and random effects), event history (survival) analysis, time series
analysis, path analysis and structural equation modeling