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
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Huebner, Kurt Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Vellutini, Claudio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Kunz, Nadja Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Franch Ballester, Jose Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shariff, Azim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Wright, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Norris, Samuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Piechocki, Katharina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Griffin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy
Moss, Laura Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
le Billon, Philippe Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Geography
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
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
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Thauberger, Althea Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Gaertner, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Perley, Bernard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Sriram, Veena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Webster, Crystal Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Afsahi, Afsoun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mackie, Gregory Associate 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
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Szkup, Michal Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Roosa, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gardner, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Brook, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics

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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.