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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Currie, Leanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Condon, Patrick Michael Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Neumann, Oliver Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stevens, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Thorne, Sally Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Macdonald, Christopher Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Holuszko, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Militzer, Matthias Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Frostad, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Campbell, Heather Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Abdin, Yasmine Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Kim, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Mesbah, Ali Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Powers, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Henry, Gregory H Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lemieux, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Zeitlin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Qian, Yue Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Casas Aguilar, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Bryce, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Woods, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Emberson, Lauren Assistant 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.