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
Hirsh, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Davis, Noelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Soskuthy, Marton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Gopalakrishnan, Sathish Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Chen, Yu Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Brown, Helen Jean Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wang, Tongli Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hanser, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
MacDonald, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Barbic, Skye Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Hopewell, Kristen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Reynolds, Graham Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
McGowan, Sharon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Zwicker, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Milstein, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Bournot-Trites, Monique Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Mizumoto, Kota Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Khan, Samia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Howard, Fuchsia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Hudson, Zachary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bulkan, Janette Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Camp, Patricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Ortiz Molina, Hernan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ishiyama, Ishu Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Mackie, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Kealy, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Wright, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Perley, Bernard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Cox, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lamers, Yvonne Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Gerofsky, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy

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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.