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Dr. David Zarifa

Dr. David Zarifa
Dr. David Zarifa
Faculty of Arts & Science - Sociology, Associate Professor;       
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Life Course Transitions in Northern and Rural Communities
office: A327
email: davidz@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450
ext: 4386
fax: 705.474.1947

Education:

BA, University of Western Ontario;
MA, University of Western Ontario;
PhD, McMaster University

Areas of Specialization:

Social Inequality; Sociology of Education; Sociology of Work; Quantitative Research Methods

Research Interests:

Postsecondary Educational Choices, Labour Market Outcomes, School-to-work Transitions, School Discipline Practices, Student Achievement, Literacy and Skills, Cross-national Comparisons

Current & Future Research:

  • Life course transitions in Northern and rural communities (Principal Investigator)
  • The educational and labour market experiences of disadvantaged youth in Canada and the United States (Principal Investigator, SSHRC)
  • Political elites and postsecondary education in eight countries (Principal Investigator)

Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

Zarifa, David, David Walters and Brad Seward. Forthcoming. "The Early Workforce Outcomes of Disabled Postsecondary Graduates." Canadian Review of Sociology.

Pizzaro Milian, Roger, Scott Davies and David Zarifa. Forthcoming. "Barriers to Differentiation: Applying Organizational Studies to Ontario Higher Education." Canadian Journal of Higher Education.

Davies, Scott, Vicky Maldonado, and David Zarifa. 2014. "Effectively Maintaining Inequality in Toronto? Predicting Student Choice of Ontario Universities." Canadian Review of Sociology, 51(1): 22-53.

Wright, Laura, David Walters and David Zarifa. 2013. "Government Student Loan Default: Differences between Graduates of the Liberal Arts and Applied Fields in Canadian Colleges and Universities." Canadian Review of Sociology, 50(1): 89-115.

Zarifa, David. 2012. “Choosing Fields in an Expansionary Era: Comparing Canada and the United States.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30(3):328-351.

Davies, Scott and David Zarifa. 2012. “The Stratification of Universities: Structural Inequality in Canada and the United States.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30(2): 143-158.

*Zarifa, David. 2012. “Persistent Inequality or Liberation from Social Origins? Determining Who Attends Graduate School in Canada’s Expanded Postsecondary System” Canadian Review of Sociology, 49(2): 109-137.

*Awarded the Canadian Review of Sociology Best Article Award for 2013 by Canadian Sociological Association

Zarifa, David. 2012. “Higher Education Expansion, Social Background and College Selectivity in the United States.” International Journal of the Sociology of Education, 1(3): 263-291.

Zarifa, David and David Walters. 2008. “Revisiting Canada’s Brain Drain: Evidence from the 2000 Cohort of Canadian University Graduates.” Canadian Public Policy, 34(3): 305-320.

Walters, David and David Zarifa. 2008. “Earnings and Employment Outcomes for Male and Female Postsecondary Graduates of Coop and Non-Coop Programmes.” Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 60(4): 377-399.

Zarifa, David and Scott Davies. 2007. “Balance of Powers: Public Opinion on Control in Education.” Canadian Journal of Sociology, 32(2): 259-278.

Book Chapters

Bradley Seward, David Walters and David Zarifa. Forthcoming. "Education-Job Mismatch among Disabled Postsecondary Graduates" in The Sociology of Education in Canada: Contemporay Debates and Perspectives, edited by Wolfgang Lehmann, Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Andersen, Robert and David Zarifa. 2012. “Academic Performance and Expectations of Canadian Students: The Role of School Disciplinary Climate” in Improving Learning Environments in School: Lessons from Abroad, edited by Richard Arum and Melissa Velez. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

Zarifa, David. 2011. “Chapter 2: International Comparative Profiles of Adult Literacy” in Literacy for Life: Further Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL). Ottawa and Paris: Statistics Canada and the OECD.

Zarifa, David and Simone Greenberg. 2011. “Chapter 3: Skills and Outcomes” in Literacy for Life: Further Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL). Ottawa and Paris: Statistics Canada and the OECD.

Davies, Scott and David Zarifa. 2009. “Institutional Theory and the Weberian Tradition” in Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education, edited by Cynthia Rasky-Levine. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Government Reports

Pizarro Milian, Roger, Scott Davies and David Zarifa. 2014. "Barriers to Differentiation: Applying Organizational Studies to Ontario Higher Education." A Report Submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Funded by the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF). 27 pages.

Dzisah, James, David Zarifa, and Benjamin Kelly. 2012. “Leveraging of Public Investments in HERD: A Synthesis of the Triple Helix Literature.” A Knowledge Synthesis Report Submitted to SSHRC—Industry Canada. 27 pages.

Other Contributions to Collections

Zarifa, David. 2013. “School-to-Work Transitions.” In J. Ainsworth & G. Golson (Eds.), Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Davies, Scott and David Zarifa. 2008. “Higher Education.” In The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Education, edited by Gary McCulloch and David Crook. New York: Routledge.

Curriculum Development

Zarifa, David. 2013. "SOCI 4096/4097 Honours Thesis Guidelines", Department of Sociology, Nipissing University (19 pages).
http://www.nipissingu.ca/academics/faculties/arts-science/sociology/programs-courses/thesis-applications/Documents/Sociology%204096-4097%20Thesis%20Guide.pdf

Courses Taught:

  • SOCI 2126 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods (formerly SOCI 3126)
  • SOCI 2127 Quantitative Research Methods (formerly SOCI 3127)
  • SOCI 3026 Sociology of Work (formerly SOCI 2026)
  • SOCI 4546 Honours Seminar - Education & Inequality


 

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