Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Harrison, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kealy, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hickey, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Lis, Mieszko Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hanser, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Kramer, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Kunz, Nadja Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Goble, J. Scott Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Cornil, Yann Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Adriasola Munoz, Ignacio Alberto Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Main, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Bundon, Andrea Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Barbic, Skye Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lee, Gene Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Porto, Nuno Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Yi, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Davis, Noelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Mizumoto, Kota Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kornelsen, Jude Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Haverkamp, Beth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ye, Ziliang Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mallipeddi, Ramesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Liu, Wenying Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Bulkan, Janette Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Field, Thalia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Measday, Vivien Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Douglas, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Gaertner, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Elliott, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Yong, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Stacey, Jocelyn Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Moukhles, Hakima Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Pohl-Weary, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Jiang, Feng Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Hooper, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Mchale, Melissa Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology

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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.
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