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
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hill, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Main, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Harrison, Kathryn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bombardini, Matilde Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Claxton, Dana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Law, Sin Yan Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Marmer, Vadim Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Godfrey, Sima Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kramer, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hesselink, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Li, Duanduan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
De Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ellermann, Antje Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Perla, Jesse Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
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
Poudrier, Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Powers, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Monteyne, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hall, Kathleen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.