Graduate studies under the supervision of Professor Dailey-O'Cain

Thank you for your interest in pursuing graduate studies under my supervision.

My graduate teaching and supervision fall within the Applied Linguistics stream of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. If you end up pursuing a MA or a PhD under my supervision, you will be housed within that stream/programme. Please have a look at the details of our graduate programmes before applying, in order to determine whether they suit you and your specific needs.

Please note that my department accepts students who want to do research on all kinds of languages (I am currently supervising or serving on the supervisory committee for students pursuing sociolinguistic and/or discourse-based research on German, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, and English). As of May 2019, a change to the programme's description means we are NOW ALLOWED to accept students who want to work on projects focusing exclusively on English (in addition to continuing to accept students who want to focus on other languages).

Do feel free to get in touch with me directly (by email or in person) if—after reading more about me, my department, and its programmes—you think I might be a good fit for you. However, please also understand that it is not simply my own decision whether or not to admit you. If you want to apply to work with me, you have to apply to my department. Once you have applied, the departmental graduate committee will look at your application alongside the applications of the other applicants. They will decide whether you have the necessary background to proceed, whether my department includes scholars who have the necessary expertise to meet your needs, and whether your specific research interests are such that you would be served best by me or perhaps by one of our department's other academic staff. (If it ends up that your research interests align better with the expertise of one of my colleagues, it is often possible to work with me in addition to that colleague, in the sense that I may be able to serve on your wider supervisory committee. For more information about how supervisory committees work at the University of Alberta, please refer to this page from the University Calendar.)

The online application usually opens in October of the previous year and closes in mid-January for admission to a programme beginning that September. The precise dates for when you should apply for the coming academic year are available here.

Once you have decided to apply, your best bet is to get in touch with our Graduate Advisor and Research Coordinator, Andrea Hayes, by email at She will be able to answer any questions you might have about studying with us (including questions about potential funding). She will also be able to guide you through the application process.

I wish you much success with your application, and I look forward to meeting and working with you if you do end up joining us in Edmonton.

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