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
Safieddine, Hicham Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Stratton, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Szkup, Michal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
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
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Daniels, Megan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Emberson, Lauren Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Robinson, Dylan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Frandy, Tim Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Maler, Anabel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pierre, Jemima Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Hopkins, Vincent Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Dahmen, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Trajano, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Shekhar, Sudip Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Laval, Bernard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Miskovic, Ilija Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Jacobs, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Liao-McPherson, Dominic Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Garrett, Bernard Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Pattabiraman, Karthik Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Girling, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Yedlin, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Weijs, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kellett, Ronald Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

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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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