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 Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Lee, Gene Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Zuo, Mila Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Hardisty, David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Law, Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Connolly, James John Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hudson, Zachary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Neumann, Oliver Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Parfrey, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
Bredin, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Wang, Tongli Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Woo, Carson C Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Measday, Vivien Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Douglas, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Couture, Victor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Webster, Crystal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Haverkamp, Beth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Montgomery, H. Monty Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Clune, Jeff Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sarsons, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Chew, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hofri-Winogradow, Adam Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Meyboom, Annalisa Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Liao, Carol Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Gaertner, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Louie, Dustin Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Farinha Luz, Vitor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Li, Minghao Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Brown, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Loutzenheiser, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
McElduff, Siobhan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Fujita, Mari Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Moukhles, Hakima Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Jiang, Feng Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science

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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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