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
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lemieux, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ducharme, Michel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Yu, Henry Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Fisher, Alexander John Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Jurkevics, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Margulis, Matias Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Food, Nutrition & Health
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
McGowan, Sharon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Rullmann, Hotze Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Al-Kassim, Dina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Anderson, Scott Allen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Babel, Molly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Laurin, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pareles, Marissa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Knox, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Logan, Tricia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Huyser, Kimberly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hudson, Nicholas James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Paltin, Judith Assistant 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.