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
Claxton, Dana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Bablitz, Leanne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Baum, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Klinkenberg, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Kunz, Nadja Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
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
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Marshall, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Anderson, Scott Allen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Drelichman, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lightfoot, Sheryl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Cookson, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Palombo, Daniela Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Soskuthy, Marton Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Zuo, Mila Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Makris, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Daniels, Megan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Siddiqui, Hasan Zahid Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Baron, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Associate 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.