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
Huyser, Kimberly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hopkinson, Nalo Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Emberson, Lauren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Safieddine, Hicham Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Nakamura, Fuyubi Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Raftery, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Kruk, Edward Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Marshall, Hallie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hodgson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
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
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Baum, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
de Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bryce, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Woods, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Yoo, Philip Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Griffin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy
Moss, Laura Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures

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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.