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
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Sargent, Risa Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Porto, Nuno Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Donnelly, Leeann Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Meckler, Garth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Smukler, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Kuchenbauer, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Stack, Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Chan, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Shan, Hongxia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hill, Jane Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mallipeddi, Ramesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Jenstad, Lorienne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Michal, Carl Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ducharme, Michel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Yu, Henry Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Wilbur, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ellis, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Currie, Leanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Garrett, Bernard Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Zappa, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Herdman, Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Cibere, Jolanda Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Christopoulos, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Wagner, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Accili, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Baumbusch, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Summers, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Mchale, Melissa Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Meyboom, Annalisa Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Ellis, Simon Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Elliott, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Leslie, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dierkes, Julian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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.