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
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Hopkinson, Noelle Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Kruecken, Reiner Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Martin-Matthews, Anne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Pinar, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
MacFarlane, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hunt, Michael Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Munk, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Shechter, Steven Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Wang, Zhen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Fisher, Adlai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Clarke, Anthony Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Laba, Izabella Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Li, Kai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Troczynski, Tom Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Trites, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Clark, Penney Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law

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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.