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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Al-Kassim, Dina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Sly, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Donnelly, Leeann Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Moukhles, Hakima Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lima, Viviane Dias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Jevitt, Cecilia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Caron, Nadine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
O'Kusky, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hohl, Corinne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Woo, Carson C Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Panenka, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Sundstrom, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Milstein, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Main, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Loutzenheiser, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Godfrey, Sima Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
De Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ellermann, Antje Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lockwood, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Regier, Dean Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Doan, Quynh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Griffin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy
Law, Sin Yan Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Kramer, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Li, Duanduan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Laurin, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cavanaugh, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schuetz, Christian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Harrison, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Powers, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Scaman, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Bettinger, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics

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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.