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
Early, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Elmo, Davide Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Ellis, Simon Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Regier, Dean Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
O'Connor, Mary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Currie, Leanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Chamberlain, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Yedlin, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Neumann, Oliver Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Liu, Siyuan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Riseman, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Folk, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stewart, James Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
MacDonald, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cavanaugh, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Madden, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ellermann, Antje Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Raussendorf, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kassan, Anusha Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
James, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Laronde, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Fallon, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lau, Anthony K Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Perley, Bernard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
McGowan, Sharon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Accili, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Camp, Patricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Afshar, Kourosh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering

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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.