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 ascending Academic Unit
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lauer, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian 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 Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Moran, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Morzycki, Marcin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
McCormick, Kelly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Couture, Victor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ziethen, Antje Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bochnak, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Guerin, Ayasha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Ayars, Alisabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kam, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Farinha Luz, Vitor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Rullmann, Hotze Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Milstein, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Baumbusch, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Wang, Rizhi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Mérida, Walter Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Wilkinson, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Mooney, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Ivanov, Andre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Taiebat, Mahdi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jenkins, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Roehr, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Rysanek, Adam Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Foster, Johan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Stevens, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Bigazzi, Alex Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering, School of Community and Regional Planning

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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.