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 descending Academic Unit
Ayars, Alisabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
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
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
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Nardizzi, Vin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lemieux, Victoria Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Rouget, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Hesselink, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
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
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
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
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Swiecki, Tomasz Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Eich, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Baines, Erin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

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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.