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
Silver, Erin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Malakaj, Ervin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Cibere, Jolanda Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Zappa, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Walker, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Frostad, John Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Flynn, Alexandra Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Fung, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Reynolds, Graham Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Marshall, Hallie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Zhang, Hao Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hunt, Brian Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Wilbur, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tomfohr-Madsen, Lianne Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Soskuthy, Marton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Iyioha, Irehobhude Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Brown, Helen Jean Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Liston, Mary Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Early, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Shakya, Tsering Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Asian Studies
Qian, Yue Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Bryce, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Chew, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Camp, Pat Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy

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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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