Judith Poe Biography

PTA winner Judith Poe

 Judith Poë received her A.R.C.S. in chemistry from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London After a year as an Assistant Cancer Research Scientist at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, she returned to Imperial College for her M.Sc. and D.I.C. in bioinorganic chemistry. She joined the faculty of the University of Toronto and Erindale College, now University of Toronto Mississauga, in 1970 and served as Chair of its College Council from 1986-1992 and again from 1998-2003. Currently she is the Associate Chair of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences. She was a Visiting Associate at California Institute of Technology in 1978-79 and an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson Polytechnic University from 1995-2000.

A bioinorganic chemist with interests in the mechanisms of catalysis by copper and iron containing metalloenzymes, her current research and scholarly activity are in the area of chemical education. She is involved in the development of materials for Problem-Based Learning of chemistry, the use of writing as a tool for learning chemistry and web-enhanced teaching and learning pedagogies. For her achievements in science education, Poë has received the Erindale College Teaching Excellence Award (1991), a 3M Teaching Fellowship (1993), an Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (1993), an Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations’ Teaching Award (1999) and the Union Carbide Award for Chemical Education (2001). Also in 2001, she was elected as a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. In 1995 she was cited in The McLean ‘s Guide to Canadian Universities as one of the University of Toronto’s most “popular profs.”

From 1994-1998 Poë served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for Chemistry as Director of Chemical Education and Student Affairs. She was elected Vice-President of the CSC in 1998-99 and President in 1999-2000. This represented a break with the CSC tradition of being led by an exclusively research based agenda and resulted in a more prominent place in CSC planning being given to science education. Currently she is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Chemical Education Trust.

Poë is married to musician, Raymond Davidson, whose unwavering encouragement and support enables her achievements.