Graduate Teaching & Advising

Graduate Teaching & Advising2018-11-14T19:35:34+00:00

For inquiries about graduate opportunities within the masters (MES or MRP) and doctoral (PhD) degrees within SERS, please contact me early January or sooner for the following September start.

I am currently recruiting self-directed, interdisciplinary masters thesis or project students (three positions) and doctoral students (two positions) for September 2019 and September 2020 intake. These students must have an interest and research capacity in the social dimensions of water.  They may take on one of my current projects or be interested in my new program focused on the influence of emotion (e.g., fear or awe), ritual, spirituality and identity  Adding the water option to your degree through the Water Institute is also a possibility (and they have scholarships!).

I will begin recruiting for a new doctoral position in January 2018 (to start the program in September 2018). Details about this position will be posted here by mid-November.

Potential graduate students should have a strong Grade Point Average (GPA), diverse resumes and an academic background in areas such as environmental studies, psychology or sociology, human dimensions of geography, resource management, international development, political science and/or gender studies. Students should be comfortable using both qualitative and quantitative analysis or willing to strengthen those skills as needed. Please refer to my research description for a better sense of the areas of inquiry. However, I am also willing to consider supervising self-motivated students who have interests that extend beyond my existing research program.

Graduate students receive financial support in the form of University of Waterloo/departmental teaching assistantships. I actively assist my students to prepare their (successful!) scholarship proposals, and when funding permits hire students for graduate research assistantships to help cover some research/field expenses.

Please note, I am a interdisciplinary social scientist who investigates why people do what they do when it comes to water. If you are inquiring about working in my “lab”, want to engineer a water testing facility and/or run chemical analyses on water samples, I’m probably not the right advisor for you. I respond to many titles but tend to delete emails that begin with “hey prof”…

Student Advisory and Evaluation Roles In Progress Completed
Undergraduate Student Thesis Supervised (2012 –  ongoing) 1 40
Masters Students (as Advisor) 1 8
Masters Students (as Committee) 1 7
Doctoral Comprehensive Exam and / or Dissertation Defense (as Committee) 3 3
Graduate Masters or Doctoral Defense (as External) 0 7