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 facult 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
Guerin, Ayasha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Nelson, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Mackie, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Milstein, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Alvarez Moreno, Raul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
McElduff, Siobhan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lauer, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Enns, James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ducharme, Michel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Yu, Henry Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Redish, Angela Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Christopoulos, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sin, Nancy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Valencia Caicedo, Felipe Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Kia, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Strings, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ayars, Alisabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bakker, Karen Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Roeder, John Barlow Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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.