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
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lightfoot, Sheryl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Bennewith, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Regan, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Schanding, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Wright, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Perley, Bernard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Chan, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Brussoni, Mariana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Orians, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Field, Thalia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Mortenson, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Black, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Nimmon, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Weber, Barbara Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Keddie, George Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ellis, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wade, Bryan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Maxwell, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kim, Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Mahtani, Minelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Srebnik, Simcha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wagner, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
van der Loos, Hendrik Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
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
Kramer, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Wong, Hubert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hanser, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Park, Kyung Ae Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Ostwald, Kai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Jovel, Eduardo Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Zebehazy, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ryan, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Phani, Srikantha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English

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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.