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 ascending Academic Unit
Baum, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Kerns, Connor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shariff, Azim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Noda, Shunya Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Prueitt, Cat Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhou, Yang-Yang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Thibeault, Marina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gramling, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Poudrier, Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Swiecki, Tomasz Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Claxton, Dana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Drelichman, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lightfoot, Sheryl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Williams, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Keddie, George Anthony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Thauberger, Althea Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hopewell, Kristen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Patterson, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Cousland, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Adriasola Munoz, Ignacio Alberto Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Lopes, Dominic Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Eich, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Roeder, John Barlow Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Alvarez Moreno, Raul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics

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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.