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 ascending Academic Unit
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Chamberlain, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Aquino, Karl Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Helsley, Robert Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Lo, Kin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Qian, Yi Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Kim, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Ryan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Evans, Jonathan Blair Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Zhang, Hao Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Hoegg, Jo Andrea Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Cavanaugh, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Fang, Limin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Mokak Teguia, Alberto Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Zhou, Mi Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Lundholm, Russell Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Baldauf, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Huh, Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
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
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

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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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