Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Sayer, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Wang, Tongli Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Atleo, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Grayston, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Mansfield, Shawn Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Botany
El-Kassaby, Yousry Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Wolkovich, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Tu, Qingshi Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Alila, Younes Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Nikolakis, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Myers-Smith, Isla Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Kim, Kwang Ho Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Kozak, Robert Antal Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Booker, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Rhemtulla, Jeanine Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Roeser, Dominik Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Benson-Amram, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Department of Zoology
van der Ven, Hamish Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Park, Keun Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Wiesner, Felix Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Nelson, Harry William Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Daniels, Lori Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Devisscher, Tahia Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Hinch, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lam, Tzeng Yih Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Zerriffi, Hisham Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Bulkan, Janette Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Aitken, Sally Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Loss, Cristiano Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Joshi, Jaya Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Sinner, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Kelly, Deirdre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Shan, Hongxia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Fallon, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Kindler, Anna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Noori, Sofia Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.