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 ascending Academic Unit
Williams, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Moran, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bain, Kimberly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hammerly, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Klein, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Smilges, Logan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Wilson, Tina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Peck, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Irani, Anosh Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Rosenberg, Jordy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Childress, Clayton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Everhart, Avery Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
French, Whitney Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Karki, Karun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Christoff Hadjiilieva, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Anderson, Scott Allen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Mole, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lightfoot, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lowe, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
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
Sherpa, Pasang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Asian Studies
Sultan, Nazmul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science

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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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