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
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Vellutini, Claudio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
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
Doberstein, Carey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Webster, Crystal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Sarsons, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Poudrier, Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mackie, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
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
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Drelichman, Mauricio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Salamon, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Sriram, Veena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, School of Population and Public Health
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Nakamura, Fuyubi Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Valadares, Desiree Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Usher, Camille Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Jorgenson, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hassan, Marwan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Moss, Laura Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Lopes, Dominic Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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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