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
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Rouget, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Karwowska, Bozena Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gregory, Derek John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Walker, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Watson, Donald Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Antwi, Phanuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Redish, Angela Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Huemoeller, Katharine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Lee, Barbara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Speller, Camilla Assistant 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
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
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
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
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Coulthard, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Salgirli, Saygin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hill, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Monteyne, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Dierkes, Julian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Yoon, Florence Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.