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
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Kesler, Roland Lincoln Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English
Raftery, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Kruk, Edward Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Evans, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Moore, Robert Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cruz, Cesi Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, Vancouver School of Economics
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Lopes, Dominic Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
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
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Jeong, Gyung-Ho Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hermida, Alfred Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gregory, Derek John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ferreira Da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Hanser, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Franch Ballester, Jose Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Palombo, Daniela Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Soskuthy, Marton Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Noda, Shunya Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Prueitt, Catherine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhou, Yang-Yang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Thibeault, Marina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Martin-Matthews, Anne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Roeder, John Barlow Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Brook, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
McKellin, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ross, Becky Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology

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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.