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 facult 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
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
French, William Earl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Zhang, Gaoheng Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Knox, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Logan, Tricia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Bryce, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Woods, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Emberson, Lauren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Evans, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Alvarez Moreno, Raul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
McElduff, Siobhan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hirsh, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Gregory, Derek John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Belcourt, Billy-Ray Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Yoo, Philip Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Raftery, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Kruk, Edward Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Morton, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bakker, Karen Jessica 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.