Skill Development and Future Employability
I strive to offer our students with an appropriate balance of knowledge, skills, and skills-awareness to help them navigate increasingly complex and competitive labour markets, both inside and outside academia. More specifically, I provide graduate students with extensive training in areas relating to data science, policy research, report writing, and complex statistical modeling, along with opportunities to develop networking, communication, and project management skills.
Many of the MA students I have supervised or co-supervised have continued to PhD programs at leading universities. Past graduates I have supervised have also secured employment as a tenure-track professor, or have used their data analytic, research and publishing experiences to obtain jobs in senior-level positions at organizations such as Statistics Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), Conference Board of Canada, York Region District School Board, and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), among others. The skills that they obtained in my graduate course and/or during our research together were instrumental in helping them secure these and other opportunities.
I regularly teach research methods to undergraduate students of a variety of fields of study at the University of Guelph. I also teach a graduate-level course in Quantitative Research (SOC 6130) to students in sociology and criminology justice, as well as students and faculty from other departments and programs. These are not math or even math-intensive courses. Instead, they provide students with practical and applied research-related skills, while teaching them how to showcase their new skills in both academic and non-academic settings. They also focus on helping students secure career opportunities that might otherwise be outside their reach. Past students have successfully published and/or presented their final research projects from these courses at various academic venues.