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
Hiebert, Daniel Joseph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Rogall, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Rocheleau, Alain-Michel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Godfrey, Sima Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Lauer, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
de Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Vellutini, Claudio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Malakaj, Ervin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Mitchell, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Cookson, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
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
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Job, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hodgson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Cousland, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Swiecki, Tomasz Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Brook, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Biesanz, Jeremy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Zeitlin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Elliott, Sinikka Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Turner, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Salamon, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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.