Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Nicholson, Cecily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Hummel, Calla Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Fisher, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Adriasola Munoz, Ignacio Alberto Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Yi, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Pratt, Geraldine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Roosa, John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Main, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
McElduff, Siobhan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Lemieux, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Shneiderman, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Drelichman, Mauricio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lauer, Sean Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hanser, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kunz, Nadja Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Jurkevics, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Moon, Seok Min Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Daniels, Megan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hopkinson, Nalo Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Porto, Nuno Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Puar, Jasbir Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
An, Ji-yoon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Akinwole, Tolulope Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McConnell, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Clough, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Paluch, Rebecca Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Zhou, Mi Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Yan, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Raynard, Mia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Carlson, Murray Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Huh, Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Giammarino, Ronald Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance

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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.
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