Advising and support

As a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics, you have access to various kinds of support both within the department (your supervisor and graduate advisor) and outside of the department (e.g. Graduate Student Society, TA Union, and UVic Councelling Services).


Your primary "go to" person within the department is your supervisor. He or she can help you navigate through the requirements specific to your program, help you decide on your coursework, and generally support you as you work towards your degree.

The graduate advisor is also always available to guide you and advocate for you. Currently, this is Dr. Sonya Bird. She can be reached at 250-721-7434 or by email at

Jenny Jessa, our graduate secretary can also help you with the logistic details of your program. To contact her, you can stop by the Linguistics office (CLE D341), call her (250-721-7424) or email her at

Outside of the department, and particularly in cases of conflict, you can get advice from the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (currently ) and UVic's Office of the Ombudsperson.

Graduate Student Society

As a graduate student at UVic, you are automatically a member of the the Graduate Student Society (GSS). The GSS offers a range of services for graduate students and aim to increase graduate student involvement in the university governance system. On their website, you can also access various forms, relating to health and dental insurance, grants, student bus passes, etc.

TA Union

All teaching assistants are members of CUPE local 4163, component 2. You can read all about your rights and responsibilities in the union's collective agreement.

UVic Counselling Services

Being a student certainly has its stresses. UVic Counselling Services is there to help you address personal, career and learning concerns, should they arise during your studies.

Among other resources, Counselling Services has recently created a Thesis Writing Starter Kit, designed to help students write projects, theses, or dissertations. The kit includes information on getting and processing feedback, understanding psychological barriers to writing, finding writing support groups, using concept mapping and writing tools, etc.