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
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hudson, Nicholas James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Paltin, Judith Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Sundstrom, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hewitt, Paul 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
Arneil, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hermida, Alfred Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Babel, Molly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Shakya, Tsering Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Asian Studies
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Weir, Lorraine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
LeMoult, Joelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Drljaca, Igor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Belcourt, Billy-Ray Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Poudrier, Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
le Billon, Philippe Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Geography
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Jeong, Gyung-Ho Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English

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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.