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
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Bablitz, Leanne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Marshall, Christopher Warren Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Lauer, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zeigler, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Graf, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Christopoulos, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Drljaca, Igor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Duffy, Kay Jane Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Silverberg, Noah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
De Longis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Deer, Glenn Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
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
Pratt, Geraldine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Brinton, Laurel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Earle, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Miller, Bruce Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Drelichman, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Baum, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Klinkenberg, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shakya, Tsering Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Asian Studies
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Weir, Lorraine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English

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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.