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
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Muehlmann, Shaylih Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Arneil, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Jeong, Gyung-Ho Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gregory, Derek John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Enns, James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ducharme, Michel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Yu, Henry Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Huemoeller, Katharine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Sin, Nancy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Malakaj, Ervin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Moon, Seok Min Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Saggio, Raffaele Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Salamon, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Bain, Kimberly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hammerly, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Klein, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kesler, Roland Lincoln Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Coulthard, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Salgirli, Saygin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Bakker, Karen Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Segal, Judith Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Roeder, John Barlow Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Marshall, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Earle, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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.