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 ascending Academic Unit
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Tenenboim, Ori Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Kesler, Roland Lincoln Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English
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
Mackie, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Coulthard, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Salgirli, Saygin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Main, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lemieux, Victoria Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lyon, Annabel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
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
Pareles, Mo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
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
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Marshall, Hallie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Hassan, Marwan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Griffin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy
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
Chaudhry, Ayesha Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Earle, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information

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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.