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
Mitchell, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Russell, Joseph Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Todd, Rebecca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Margolis, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Turner, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Salamon, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Swiecki, Tomasz Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Roosa, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Stainton, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
La Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rouget, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology

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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.