Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Doberstein, Carey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Webster, Crystal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lange, Philipp Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cornil, Yann Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Liston, Mary Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Gornall, Will Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Geller, Josie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Daugaard, Mads Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Schnellert, Leyton Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Aleksejuniene, Jolanta Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Gadermann, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Oberle, Eva Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Pigozzo Manso, Adriana Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Sargent, Risa Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Louie, Dustin Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Schulz, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Crowe, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Yee, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Howard, Fuchsia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Tomfohr-Madsen, Lianne Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Stevens, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Ahenakew, Cash Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kaushal, Asha Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Rizzotti, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Rosenberg, Jordy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Baines, Erin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
West, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Radic, Valentina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Lauck, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Safieddine, Hicham Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Harrison, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kealy, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bena, Jan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Holuszko, Maria Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Casas Aguilar, Anna Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies

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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.
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