Professor Walters regularly teaches research methods and statistics courses to undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences at the University of Guelph. He has published many book chapters, policy reports, and peer reviewed articles in leading journals on a variety of social issues, and has supervised masters, doctoral and SSHRC postdoctoral fellows on a variety of different topics, mostly involving applied statistical methods.
As an advisor, Professor Walters regularly supports graduate students in applied areas of research relating to school-to-work transitions, mental health, criminology, and immigration.
Research Funding and Scholarship
Dr. Walters is currently working with several colleagues on large government-funded projects in the above areas. He is also Project Director of a government funded (SSHRC) partnership-based project involving more than 20 organizations including universities, school boards and businesses that advocate on behalf of disadvantaged youth.
The purpose of this partnership is to identify the potential challenges experienced by disadvantaged youth as they pursue postsecondary education and employment. This project links Toronto District School Board (TDSB) data with trades, college, and university administrative data, student loan data, and tax records to assess the diverse range of postsecondary pathways and labour market outcomes of 13 cohorts of TDSB students.
Through these unprecedented data linkages, the partnership will accomplish the following four key objectives:
- Identify the programs and skills required to succeed in the Canadian labour market.
- Understand the challenges experienced by various disadvantaged student groups as they transition from high school through postsecondary education and into the labour market.
- Assess the effectiveness of programs and strategies available to high school students to improve their chances of admission to and completion of postsecondary programs.
- Enable the mobilization of new knowledge stemming from this research with relevant government and non-government stakeholders.
As part of his service to the profession, Professor Walters regularly reviews manuscripts for journals, including Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociology of Education, Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Review of Sociology, and the Canadian Journal of Sociology, among others.