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
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Marshall, Hallie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Rullmann, Hotze Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Cousland, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Moore, Robert Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Baines, Erin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Laroussi, Farid Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kramer, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Enns, James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Hanser, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Silverberg, Noah Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Raker, Ethan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Nelson, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ayars, Alisabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Nardizzi, Vin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Anderson, Scott Allen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Law, Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pareles, Mo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sin, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography

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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.