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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Hopewell, Kristen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lokman, Kees Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Herdman, Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Dierkes, Julian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Camp, Pat Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lima, Viviane Dias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Bigazzi, Alex Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Moran, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lockwood, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Auger-Methe, Marie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Goerges, Matthias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Klein, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Buckley, Anne Regina Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Qian, Yue Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Abrutyn, Seth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Kassan, Anusha Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lewis, Avi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Li, Minghao Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Kesler, Roland Lincoln Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Paltin, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sidhu, Ravinder Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rhemtulla, Jeanine Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Wright, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Perley, Bernard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Elfring, Gwynn Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Haney, Cara Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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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.