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
Hodgson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ostwald, Kai Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science
Liu, Siyuan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hirsh, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Li, Hao Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lightfoot, Sheryl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Moran, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Kia, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Mccormick, Kelly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Morris, Leora Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Soussloff, Catherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Park, Kyung Ae Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Cousland, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Laroussi, Farid Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Lyon, Annabel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Wade, Bryan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Huebner, Kurt Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Douglas, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Ramana, M. V. Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Sin, Nancy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Valencia Caicedo, Felipe Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics

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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.