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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Jeong, Gyung-Ho Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lee, Sanghoon Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Biesanz, Jeremy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ellis, Simon Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Wilbur, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sargent, Risa Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Griesdale, Donald E Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Zwicker, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Yip, Calvin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
van der Loos, Hendrik Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ashe, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Mortenson, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Gerofsky, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
MacDonald, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Kuchenbauer, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Nan, Ning Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Ostwald, Kai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Webb, P. Taylor Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Howard, Fuchsia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Kim, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ayas, Najib Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Guenette, Jordan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cranston, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Karczmarek, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Geoffrion, Roxana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Monteyne, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Gordon, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Parfrey, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Zhang, Jenny Li Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Schleich, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bass, John Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Shakya, Tsering Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Asian Studies
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.