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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Henry, Annette Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Rogers, Theresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lucyshyn, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
James, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Irwin, Rita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Walter, Pierre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Norman, Moss Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Katz, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Schanding, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Louie, Dustin Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Kelly, Deirdre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Nashon, Samson Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ross, E. Wayne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Clarke, Anthony Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Tom, Allison Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Cannon, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Petrina, Stephen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Weber, Barbara Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Andres, Lesley Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Gladwin, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
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
Milner-Bolotin, Marina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Taylor, Alison Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Fallon, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hodges, Nicola Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Fewster, Kayla Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Mercer, Sterett Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Han, Sandrine Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Frank, Blye Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gibson, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology

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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.