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
Silverberg, Noah Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Miller, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lightfoot, Sheryl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Poole, Wendy Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Jin, Xiao Liang Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Roeser, Dominik Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sidhu, Ravinder Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Whittaker, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Xia, Guangrui Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Elfring, Gwynn Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Norman, Moss Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Panenka, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Cohen Freue, Gabriela Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Chang, Silvia Diana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Shneiderman, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rhemtulla, Jeanine Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Orians, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Haney, Cara Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Buckley, Anne Regina Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chew, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics

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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.