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
Hopewell, Kristen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Patterson, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mackie, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Paulhus, Delroy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Chang Bortolussi, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Baines, Erin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Anderson, Leonard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Chatman, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Warren, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
French, William Earl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Williams, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Thauberger, Althea Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Wright, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gu, Xiong Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Coulthard, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Salgirli, Saygin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Gottlieb, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hnatkovska, Viktoriya Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Yi, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies

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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.