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
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
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Peterson, Glen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Law, Sin Yan Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Fisher, Alexander John Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pareles, Mo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sin, Nancy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Malakaj, Ervin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Moon, Seok Min Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Saggio, Raffaele Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Salamon, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lewis, Avi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Muehlmann, Shaylih Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
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
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gregory, Derek John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian 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

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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.