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 Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Davidoff, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Dahinten, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Kolind, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bhandar, Brenna Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lockwood, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wang, Tongli Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Milner, Valery Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Laurin, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cox, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Loewen, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Roosa, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ollivier, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hall, Kathleen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Hirsh, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Jenstad, Lorienne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Haverkamp, Beth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Dahmen, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Rullmann, Hotze Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Pliska, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Lyon, Annabel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Meckler, Garth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wu, Amery Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Pennell, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Abrutyn, Seth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Lee, Tim Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Cox, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Michal, Carl Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Moukhles, Hakima Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lehman, Anna Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bigazzi, Alex Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering, School of Community and Regional Planning
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Cole, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Quon, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Holsti, Liisa Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Stacey, Jocelyn Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics

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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.