Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Griffin, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, Department of Philosophy
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gardner, Gregg Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Li, Hao Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Lowe, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Patterson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Huyser, Kimberly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Porto, Nuno Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Juhasz, Reka Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sia, Rosanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hoffmann, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Giammarino, Ronald Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Zhang, Jenny Li Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Gornall, Will Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Sajjadiani, Sima Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Agarwal, Isha Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Reilly, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Yan, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Park, Jen Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Lee, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Wu, Chunhua Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Bian, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Rachapalli, Swapnika Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Ning, Eddie Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Robinson, Sandra Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

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Reaching Out Tips

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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