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 Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Fewster, Kayla Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Park, CJ Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Mercer, Sterett Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Nicol, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ahenakew, Cash Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Cannon, Joanna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Sam, Johanna Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Forde, Shawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Rajagopal, Harini Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Leddy, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Montgomerie, Johnna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Perry, Nancy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Hubley, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gibson, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Noori, Sofia Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Kumpulainen, Kristiina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kendrick, Maureen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Corella Morales, Meghan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Wright, David Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Munoz, Joaquin Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Miller, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hare, Jan Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Pliska, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Rosin, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
MacDonald, David Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Shuler, Charles Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Donnelly, Leeann Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Bromme, Dieter Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Hieawy, Ahmed Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Yen, Edwin H Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Matthew, Ian Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Gebril, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Graf, Daniel Professor Faculty of Dentistry

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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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