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
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Stainton, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Hermida, Alfred Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Godfrey, Sima Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Biesanz, Jeremy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ross, Becky Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Graf, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Douglas, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Zuo, Mila Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Makris, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Gramling, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Dadugblor, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Evans, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Morton, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Cousland, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Cruz, Cesi Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, Vancouver School of Economics
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Al-Kassim, Dina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Li, Xiaojun Associate 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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.