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
Qian, Yi Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Yip, Calvin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hardisty, David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Shan, Hongxia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Austin, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ford, Laurie Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lockwood, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lehman, Anna Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Chen, Yu Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Zappa, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Huyser, Kimberly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bredin, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Vanwynsberghe, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Mui, Alice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Reynolds, Graham Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
McGowan, Sharon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Baumbusch, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Schanding, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Riseman, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Kolind, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Haverkamp, Beth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Hudson, Zachary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Herdman, Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Laurin, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Abrutyn, Seth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Moran, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Moss, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Ishiyama, Ishu Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Zwicker, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Milstein, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Boyd, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Oruc, Ipek Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

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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.