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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Fleetham, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Ross, Becky Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Roman, Leslie Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Yang, Decheng Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Feng, Steve Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Kindler, Anna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Johnson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Department of Surgery
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Road, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kwon, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Sayed, Tarek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Zhang, Anming Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Laher, Ismail Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Vaziri, Reza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Hinch, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Raussendorf, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Arcese, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Shepherd, Bruce Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Krausz, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Hubball, Harry Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Li, Loretta Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering

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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.