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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Law, Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lee, Sanghoon Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Sadatsafavi, Mohsen Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kornelsen, Jude Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bhandar, Brenna Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Neumann, Oliver Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Parfrey, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
Bredin, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Wang, Tongli Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Christopoulos, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Steen, John Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Brown, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kramer, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Cheng, Jie Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Zerriffi, Hisham Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Paltin, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Zhang, Hao Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Woo, Carson C Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
LeMoult, Joelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Aloni, Erez Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Gladwin, Derek Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Morzycki, Marcin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Bryce, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Baldauf, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Lucyshyn, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Loutzenheiser, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
McElduff, Siobhan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Jenkins, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Avina, Antonio Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Powers, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Oruc, Ipek Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Alvarez Moreno, Raul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Donnelly, Leeann Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology

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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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