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 Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Goble, J. Scott Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Zappa, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lau, Anthony K Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Ziels, Ryan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sarsons, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Black, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Tran, Martino Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Katz, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Wang, Guangyu Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Gaertner, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McGee, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Vu, Ly Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Darvin, Ron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Usher, Camille Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Chakrabarty, Trisha Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Robeva, Elina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Benson-Amram, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Department of Zoology
Dias Saraiva-Patelli, Ella Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Fang, Limin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Germain, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bouchard, Katrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lack, Nathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Park, Keun Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Stratton, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bradbury, Hal Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Jiang, Yuanyuan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Orr, Patrick Scott Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Sajjadiani, Sima Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Dee, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Tenenboim, Ori Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Yoo, Philip Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Brown, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Frandy, Tim Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Maler, Anabel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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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