Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-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 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 "Supervision".

Name Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Babel, Molly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Zeitlin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Qian, Yue Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Casas Aguilar, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Silverberg, Noah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Maraj, Louis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Mallipeddi, Ramesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Porto, Nuno Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Todd, Rebecca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Henry, Gregory H Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Gardner, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Hiebert, Daniel Joseph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Nardizzi, Vin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
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
Iurascu, Ilinca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Drelichman, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
French, William Earl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Drljaca, Igor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies

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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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.