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 facult 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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Kesler, Roland Lincoln Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Mackie, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Main, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Scaman, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Johnston, Darlene Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Fujita, Mari Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Allan, Douglas Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Griffin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy
Ramer, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Devlin, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Laule, Cornelia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hardisty, David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Field, Thalia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Cannon, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Zhang, Yuelin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Milner, Valery Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kornelsen, Jude Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Beauchesne, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Taubert, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Monteyne, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Laroussi, Farid Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Rouget, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Karwowska, Bozena Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Algar, Russ Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Arbel, Efrat Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Harrison, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Powers, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Kojevnikov, Alexei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lavoie, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lin, Kuo-Shyan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Cheng, Jie Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy

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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.