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
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Drljaca, Igor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lewis, Avi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Alford-Duguid, Dominic Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Poudrier, Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Al-Kassim, Dina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
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
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Drelichman, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lauer, Sean Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Qian, Yue Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Casas Aguilar, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Catungal, John Paul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Kia, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Salamon, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Siddiqui, Hasan Zahid Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Leavitt, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Dadugblor, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Sherpa, Pasang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Asian Studies
Smilges, Logan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures

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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.