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
Henry, Gregory H Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
French, William Earl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Knox, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Logan, Tricia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Belcourt, Billy-Ray Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Fabris, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
McGowan, Sharon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
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
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Koppes, Michele Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Miller, Bruce Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gregory, Derek John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Silverberg, Noah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Maraj, Louis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media

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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.