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
Mooney, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Cannon, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ortiz Molina, Hernan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Cibere, Jolanda Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Christopoulos, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Kuchenbauer, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Krzic, Maja Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Lee, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Hohl, Corinne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Khan, Samia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ellis, Simon Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Wilbur, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Sargent, Risa Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Baines, Erin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Hanser, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Perla, Jesse Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
MacDonald, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Matthews, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Begley, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Laroussi, Farid Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wang, Yan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Davies, Hugh William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Nguyen, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Sims Gould, Joan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cranston, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Brunham, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Lo, Kin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Lee, Sanghoon Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Biesanz, Jeremy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Howard, Fuchsia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Elliott, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Xia, Guangrui Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery

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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.