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
Norris, Samuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bostanci, Gorkem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Alaica, Aleksa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Jun, Hyejung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
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
Babel, Molly Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Perla, Jesse Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Douglas, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Couture, Victor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ziethen, Antje Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Montgomery, H. Monty Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Siddiqui, Hasan Zahid Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Webster, Crystal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Sarsons, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Jorgenson, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hnatkovska, Viktoriya Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
le Billon, Philippe Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Geography
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
O'Brien, Heather Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography

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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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