Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Smilges, Logan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hayat, Zahra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Gu, Xiong Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Fisher, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Laroussi, Farid Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Hirsh, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Douglas, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Moon, Seok Min Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Mitchell, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Silverberg, Noah Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Dadugblor, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Sultan, Nazmul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wilson, Tina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
An, Ji-yoon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gardner, Gregg Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Alden, Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hesselink, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Ducharme, Michel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
De Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Pohl-Weary, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Drljaca, Igor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film

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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.
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