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
Lyon, Annabel Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Pareles, Mo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Thauberger, Althea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Silverberg, Noah Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Goetz, Friedrich Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Webster, Crystal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Frandy, Tim Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Maghbouleh, Neda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Shaffer, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Hoffmann, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Tworek, Heidi Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Farinha Luz, Vitor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hodgson, Elizabeth 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
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Hesselink, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Riano-Alcala, Pilar Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media

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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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