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
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wright, David Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Benard, Francois Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Cousland, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Goldowitz, Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Liu, Siyuan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Buchanan, Marla Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Skarlicki, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Sindelar, Robert Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Wood Science
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Englezos, Petros Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Grayston, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Scoates, James Stewart Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ross, E. Wayne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Fisher, Adlai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacLachlan, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
McAusland, Carol Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Lee, Agnes Yuet Ying Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Miller, Freda Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Marti, Jose Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Saddler, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Davies, Hugh William Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Chang, Dorothy 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.