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
McGee, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Martin-Matthews, Anne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Park, Kyung Ae Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Brinton, Laurel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Ostwald, Kai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Law, Sin Yan Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Marmer, Vadim Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kojevnikov, Alexei Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
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
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Pohl-Weary, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Troeung, Y-Dang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Lowe, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hanser, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Doberstein, Carey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Tenenboim, Ori Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Bates, Genevieve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Safieddine, Hicham Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Nakamura, Fuyubi Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hodgson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Hill, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Monteyne, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

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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.