There is a particular professor who I would like to supervise a summer research project (summer 2023), which is a necessary component of my MA program, since we share similar research interests. I have also heard from friends who have taken their undergraduate degrees at this school, that they really enjoyed his courses.
While this professor will being supervising MA projects next summer, he is only teaching undergraduate courses and a PhD research seminar this upcoming year, meaning that I will not be able to take a course with him.
I was planning to send him an email during the term with my topic proposal, and ask if we could meet to discuss things further. I was wondering about potential problems with working with an advisor whom you have never taken a course with before and who does not know who you are.
Perhaps I am overthinking things, although I realize the importance of choosing a good advisor.