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
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
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
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Makris, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
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
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Koncan, Frances Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Nicholson, Cecily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Moss, Laura Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Lopes, Dominic Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Muehlmann, Shaylih Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lee, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Earle, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Marshall, Toph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Ferreira da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Fisher, Alexander Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Antwi, Phanuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sin, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Palombo, Daniela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shariff, Azim Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology

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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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.