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
Porto, Nuno Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Zappa, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Wong, Harvey Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Geller, Josie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Howard, Fuchsia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Kim, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Towle, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Shneiderman, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kaushal, Asha Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Rizzotti, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Whittaker, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Bhatti, Parveen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Liu, Wenying Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Goble, J. Scott Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Brown, Helen Jean Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Anderson, Scott Allen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhang, Jenny Li Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Gornall, Will Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Kuchenbauer, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Hooper, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Mallipeddi, Ramesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Krzic, Maja Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Casas Aguilar, Anna Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Yee, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hutchison, Camden Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Boedhihartono, Agni Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Mchale, Melissa Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Nygaard, Haakon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Trajano, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Watson, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology

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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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