Research Supervisors

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
McGee, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Safieddine, Hicham Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Stratton, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mackie, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Todd, Rebecca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Laroussi, Farid Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Hirsh, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Yu, Henry Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Antwi, Phanuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
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
Logan, Tricia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tenenboim, Ori Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Emberson, Lauren Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Robinson, Dylan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Frandy, Tim Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Maler, Anabel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pierre, Jemima Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Hopkins, Vincent Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Borwein, Sophie Assistant 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
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gardner, Gregg Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Alden, Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tindall, David 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.