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
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Casas Aguilar, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Lee, Barbara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Rizzotti, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Moran, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Musto, Michela Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Starling, Dan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
McGee, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sarsons, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Roeder, John Barlow Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Margolis, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Qian, Yue Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies

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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.