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 Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Koh, Germaine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Pritchard, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Booker, Courtney Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Earle, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Iurascu, Ilinca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Karwowska, Bozena Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Enns, James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shakya, Tsering Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Asian Studies
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Huebner, Kurt Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Qian, Yue Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Soskuthy, Marton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Bryce, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Afsahi, Afsoun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Te Punga Somerville, Alice Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Alaica, Aleksa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Pierre, Jemima Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Kuhn, McKenzie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Philbrick, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Givens, Terri Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Marshall, Hallie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Griffin, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, Department of Philosophy
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics

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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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