Roy Childs' Special Interests
The rich history and cultural diversity of Stockton and the Central Valley make the area a gold mine for an urban sociologist (my primary research focus), and working with students I have conducted research on neighborhood change, the effectiveness of community based organizations, employment and income patterns of residents, the housing needs of low income families, the effectiveness of after school educational programs, the effects of family life on juvenile delinquency, and many other topics.
Almost any research topic that might have practical value to community groups, organizations or public agencies can provide a focus for collaborative work involving faculty and students.
In addition to my own scholarly writing many of my students have presented the results of their own work in professional sociology conferences, and some have gone on to advanced study.
I have particularly benefited from my joint involvement with the Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership where I serve as Research Director.
The Center we has acquired various grants which support our students in service learning and community internships.
Our students regularly tutor in Stockton schools, for example, and our programs have become models for others in the community.
So, there are many opportunities both through the Sociology Department and Jacoby Center to apply what you learn.