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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Wernicke, Meike Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Gibson, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Bennett, Erica Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Yoon, Liv Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Fundelius, Erika Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Nelson, Melanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Stack, Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Khan, Samia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Milner-Bolotin, Marina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Abdi, Ali Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Zappa, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Walker, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Kassan, Anusha Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Darvin, Ron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Eryigit Madzwamuse, Suna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hare, Jan Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Koehle, Michael Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Early, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Vanwynsberghe, Robert Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
McEwan, Desmond Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Park, CJ Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Montgomerie, Johnna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ross, E. Wayne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Cox, Daniel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ford, Laurie Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Corella Morales, Meghan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Forsyth, Janice Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Lo, Owen Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Louie, Dustin Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Leddy, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Vertinsky, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Webb, P. Taylor Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies

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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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