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
Haverkamp, Beth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Klein, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Nan, Ning Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Taubert, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Sarfaty, Galit Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bredin, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Laurin, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Abrutyn, Seth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Moran, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Moss, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Brussoni, Mariana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Lin, Li-Wen Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Smit, Matthijs Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Riseman, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Moukhles, Hakima Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Geoffrion, Roxana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lokman, Kees Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wu, Amery Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Pennell, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Lewis, Avi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Goble, Scott Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Yong, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Brubacher, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Campbell, Suzanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Law, Sin Yan Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Laule, Cornelia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Jenstad, Lorienne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Michal, Carl Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ducharme, Michel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Yu, Henry Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Sigal, Leonid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology

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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.