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 Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Fisher, Adlai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sowlati, Taraneh Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Roeder, John Barlow Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lawrence, Gregory Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Dahl, Darren Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Scott, Alexander Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Ryerson, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Benard, Francois Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sandercock, Leonie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Prescott, Cindy Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Wright, David Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Englezos, Petros Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Harrigan, Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Francis, Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Koehle, Michael Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Bettinger, Julie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hauert, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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.