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 Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Cole, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gouzouasis, Peter Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Bundon, Andrea Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Norman, Moss Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Weber, Barbara Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Schnellert, Leyton Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Nicol, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ahenakew, Cash Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Zebehazy, Kim Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Louie, Dustin Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Darvin, Ron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Eryigit Madzwamuse, Suna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Fundelius, Erika Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Kendrick, Maureen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Cannon, Joanna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Wernicke, Meike Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Keenan, Harper Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Schanding, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Forsyth, Janice Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
McEwan, Desmond Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Jiang, Yuanyuan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Nelson, Melanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Hubley, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Hare, Jan Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Milner-Bolotin, Marina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Shan, Hongxia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gibson, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Sam, Johanna Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Forde, Shawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Fewster, Kayla Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Park, CJ Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gerofsky, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice

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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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