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 descending Academic Unit
Frandy, Tim Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Maghbouleh, Neda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Shaffer, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Hoffmann, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Morton, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Szkup, Michal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Floresco, Stanley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Muehlmann, Shaylih Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Liu, Siyuan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Law, Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lyon, Annabel Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Pareles, Mo Associate 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
Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Silverberg, Noah Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Goetz, Friedrich Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Webster, Crystal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Georgopulos, Nicole Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Jaccard, Torsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Im, Hee Yeon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bloemraad, Irene Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Tworek, Heidi Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Farinha Luz, Vitor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hodgson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures

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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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