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
Xia, Guangrui Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Oruc, Ipek Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
James, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Davidoff, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Castellarin, Simone Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Laurin, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
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
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Zappa, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Lis, Mieszko Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Woo, Carson C Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Soskuthy, Marton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Ho, Janice Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Harrison, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wong, Harvey Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dorscheid, Delbert Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Beauchesne, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Flynn, Alexandra Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hieawy, Ahmed Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Cohen Freue, Gabriela Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Brown, Helen Jean Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kennedy, Lori Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ford, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Dahmen, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Senbel, Maged Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Sadatsafavi, Mohsen Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hein, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Christopoulos, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.