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 descending Academic Unit
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ramana, M. V. Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Cookson, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Duffy, Kay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hopewell, Kristen Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Nelson, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ayars, Alisabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Koncan, Frances Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Hudson, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
McGowan, Sharon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Rullmann, Hotze Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
McElduff, Siobhan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Lemieux, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Schmader, Toni Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Robertson, Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Lyon, Annabel Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Babel, Molly Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Christopoulos, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Walsh, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Franch Ballester, Jose Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Raker, Ethan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology

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