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 Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Kroc, Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Kassan, Anusha Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Pinar, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Clarke, Anthony Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Petrina, Stephen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Weber, Barbara Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Clark, Penney Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Goble, Scott Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Talmy, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Zebehazy, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Frank, Blye Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Fallon, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Chua, Romeo Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Wright, Handel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lo, Owen Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ford, Laurie Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hodges, Nicola Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
James, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Wilson, Brian Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gladwin, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Sam, Johanna Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Forde, Shawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Schanding, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ishiyama, Ishu Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hare, Jan Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Tom, Allison Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Vanwynsberghe, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Walker, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Macdougall, Mary Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Haapasalo, Markus Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Pliska, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Aleksejuniene, Jolanta Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Richman, Joy Marion Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Putnins, Edward Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences

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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.