Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Lightfoot, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hanser, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Yu, Henry Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Pareles, Mo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Thauberger, Althea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Turner, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Perley, Bernard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Crowston, Clare Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Jaccard, Torsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Milstein, Sara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hnatkovska, Viktoriya Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Koppes, Michele Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Law, Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Karwowska, Bozena Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Baum, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Laurin, Kristin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Huemoeller, Katharine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Wong, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Mahtani, Minelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Makris, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kim, Eric Assistant 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.
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