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
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Code, Jillianne Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Fung, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Iurascu, Ilinca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Kornelsen, Jude Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Kramer, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Salgirli, Saygin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Mickelson, Karin Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Christopoulos, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Morzycki, Marcin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Silverberg, Noah Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hanley, Gillian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Xia, Guangrui Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Pliska, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Kalia, Sunil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Lee, Sanghoon Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Sadatsafavi, Mohsen Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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
Marshall, Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Margulis, Matias Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lange, Dirk Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Marshall, Hallie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Park, Kyung Ae Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Smit, Matthijs Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
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
Zuo, Mila Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Hardisty, David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Law, Hedy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Connolly, James John Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Griesdale, Donald E Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Department of Medicine
Chen, Yu Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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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