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 facult 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
Dierkes, Julian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Bredin, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Etminan, Mahyar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Courneya, Carol-Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Norman, Moss Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Strings, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Liu, Siyuan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Austin, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Lynn, Francis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Ford, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lamers, Yvonne Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Drelichman, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dummer, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kornelsen, Jude Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lazrak, Ali Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Roeser, Dominik Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Zou, Bingshuang Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Cavusoglu, Hasan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Crowe, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Law, Sin Yan Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ryerson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Doberstein, Carey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Talmy, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Trajano, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Camp, Patricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Donnelly, Leeann Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Fujita, Mari Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Panenka, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Neumann, Oliver Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ford, Laurie Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Geller, Josie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jevitt, Cecilia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine 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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.