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 faculty 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
Huyser, Kimberly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hopkinson, Nalo Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Emberson, Lauren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Brinton, Laurel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Brook, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Baum, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
de Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bryce, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Woods, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Yoo, Philip Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Fabris, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Morton, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hill, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Monteyne, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
le Billon, Philippe Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, 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.