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
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Cannon, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Qian, Yi Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
McDonald, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ryan, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Maxwell, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wilbur, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Rahmim, Arman Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stack, Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Radic, Valentina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Wong, Hubert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Brunham, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Burke, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry
Campbell, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Tom, Allison Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Bushe, William Kendal Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zhang, Yuelin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Phani, Srikantha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kim, Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sarfaty, Galit Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Moritz, Orson Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Nagata, K Wayne Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rouget, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Ford, Laurie Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Meneghetti, Adam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Cranston, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gardner, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hart, Craig Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Sammis, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English

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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.