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 facult 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
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Peterson, Glen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Henry, Gregory H Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Liu, Siyuan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Alden, Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Beauchesne, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Huemoeller, Katharine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Margulis, Matias Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Food, Nutrition & Health
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Tenenboim, Ori Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
McGowan, Sharon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Fisher, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Young, Mary-Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Pina, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

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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.