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
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Te Punga Somerville, Alice Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Ho, Janice Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Raftery, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rullmann, Hotze Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hill, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Powers, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Dierkes, Julian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Liu, Siyuan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Alden, Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lightfoot, Sheryl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Lemieux, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
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
Perla, Jesse Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Morzycki, Marcin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Saggio, Raffaele Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Thibeault, Marina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
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
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Sriram, Veena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, School of Population and Public Health
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Bostanci, Gorkem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Alaica, Aleksa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Jun, Hyejung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Cousland, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Moore, Robert Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Muehlmann, Shaylih Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology

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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.