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
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Clune, Jeff Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lange, Dirk Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ishiyama, Ishu Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Yip, Calvin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Tom, Allison Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Walker, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Wang, Guangyu Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Koppes, Michele Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Norman, Wendy Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Wong, Harvey Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Waterman, Stephanie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Bansback, Nick Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
French, William Earl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Daugaard, Mads Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
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
Lin, Li-Wen Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Harrison, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Smit, Matthijs Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kalia, Sunil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Bena, Jan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Yee, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Gilbert, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Griffin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Wang, Siyun Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Nunez, Desmond Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Olson, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ryan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences

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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.