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
Hardisty, David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Campbell, Suzanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Gardner, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Liston, Mary Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Zhao, Jiaying Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Psychology
Cerri, Ronaldo Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Woo, Carson C Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Radic, Valentina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
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
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Mchale, Melissa Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Chen, Yu Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lokman, Kees Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Early, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Aleksejuniene, Jolanta Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Measday, Vivien Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lin, Kuo-Shyan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Cheng, Jie Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Donaldson, R Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Yong, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Brubacher, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Scott, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Daley, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Li, Duanduan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hedtrich, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Stevens, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hudson, Zachary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Renwick, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Alvarez Moreno, Raul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lauer, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Mackie, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Milstein, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Shan, Hongxia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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.