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
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Main, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Margolis, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hall, Kathleen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Stainton, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Baum, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
LeMoult, Joelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Margulis, Matias Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Belcourt, Billy-Ray Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Afsahi, Afsoun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Te Punga Somerville, Alice Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Ho, Janice Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sunar, Kiran Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Childress, Clayton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Everhart, Avery Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Marshall, Hallie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Monteyne, Joseph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Koppes, Michele Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Law, Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Karwowska, Bozena Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy

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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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