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
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Frei Njootli, Jeneen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
McCormick, Kelly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Couture, Victor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ziethen, Antje Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bochnak, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Bain, Kimberly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hammerly, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Klein, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Wagner, Katherine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Zeweri, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
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
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Shneiderman, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
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
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Duffy, Kay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lewis, Avi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Alford-Duguid, Dominic Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Zhang, Anming Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Zhang, Jenny Li Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Qian, Yi Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Cavanaugh, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Kim, Baek Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Paat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Lo, Kin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Davidoff, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Robinson, Sandra Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Zheng, Xin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems

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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.