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
Neumann, Oliver Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Davidoff, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Hall, Kathleen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Maxwell, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kim, Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Klein, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Karczmarek, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Cannon, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Calam, Betty Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Nimmon, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Weber, Barbara Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Griesdale, Donald E Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Department of Medicine
Arbel, Efrat Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cavusoglu, Hasan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Schleich, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bennewith, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Ryan, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Phani, Srikantha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lis, Mieszko Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kramer, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Wong, Hubert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Liao, Carol Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lewis, Avi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Elango, Rajavel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Morton, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ollivier, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lightfoot, Sheryl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Hill, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shneiderman, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

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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.