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
Klinkenberg, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Zeitlin, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Troeung, Y-Dang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Guerin, Ayasha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Evans, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
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
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Brinton, Laurel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
le Billon, Philippe Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Geography
Nardizzi, Vin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Anderson, Scott Allen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Law, Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kojevnikov, Alexei Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Douglas, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kunz, Nadja Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Morris, Leora Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
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
Wagner, Katherine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics

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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.