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 faculty 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 Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Margolis, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Knox, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Morris, Leora Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Guerin, Ayasha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Baines, Erin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Shneiderman, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Sandercock, Leonie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Asselin, Edouard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ziels, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ranger, Manon Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Clark, Drew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Dahmen, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Senbel, Maged Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing

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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.