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
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Folk, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Cerri, Ronaldo Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Gerofsky, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Elliott, Sinikka Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Kesler, Roland Lincoln Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English
Orians, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Quon, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Edinger, Elizabeth Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Wong, Harvey Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bennewith, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Zeitlin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Ryerson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Kruk, Edward Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Baron, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Laronde, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Bena, Jan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Foster, Johan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Holsti, Liisa Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Sidhu, Ravinder Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Watson, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Eskelson, Bianca Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Nan, Ning Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Ollivier, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Davidoff, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Stewart, James Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Roecker, Inge Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Guenette, Jordan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Hanser, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Wolkovich, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Du, Caigan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Mickelson, Karin Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Schulz, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Pliska, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Afshar, Kourosh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Early, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education

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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.