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
Raker, Ethan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Nelson, Laura Assistant 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
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Fernandez Utrera, Maria Soledad Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hiebert, Daniel Joseph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Arneil, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Jeong, Gyung-Ho Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kramer, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Douglas, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kunz, Nadja Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Guerin, Ayasha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Milstein, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hnatkovska, Viktoriya Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gardner, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Lyon, Annabel Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Karwowska, Bozena Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Babel, Molly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics

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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.