Judith Poe

Judith C. Poë

M.Sc, D.I.C. | Professor, Teaching Stream | Chemistry | Bioinorganic Chemistry & Chemistry Education
905 828 3803
905 828 5425
Office Location:
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga , Ontario
L5L 1C6

Research Areas:

Problem-based learning, service learning

Research Profile:

Poe Research

My interests in bioinorganic chemistry focus on metalloenzyme mechanisms and the design of inorganic complexes to mimic the functionality of copper and iron containing oxidases and oxygenases.  A portion of CHM333H involves the study of metals in medicine.  We look at a number of enzymes with binuclear metal centers and their implication in diseases as well as at the use of metal complexes in chemotherapy.

Recent work in chemistry education involves the active learning pedagogies, problem-based learning and service learning.  PBL is a process by which the content and methods of a discipline are learned in an environment in which they are to be used to address a real-world problem. The key feature is that the learning process is initiated by the problem. The problem, in effect, directs the learning. This contrasts with the more usual instruction in which problems are used to illustrate how to use the knowledge after it has been learned or to test what knowledge has been learned. Service learning combines credit-bearing coursework with community service and critical reflection. In response to needs identified by community partners, students provide service related to their discipline. In the process they acquire content knowledge, skills knowledge, and socially relevant knowledge of their discipline’s role in society.

Courses Taught:

CHM110H5, CHM120H5, CHM333, CHM485H5, ERI398H5


Poë, J.,  Active Learning Pedagogies for the Future of Global Chemistry Education, pp 279- 300 in Chemistry Education: Best Practices, Opportunities and Trends, ed. J. Garcia-Martinez and E. Serrano-Torregrosa, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, (2015)

Poë, J., “Teaching Stream Appointments ,” 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition,Ottawa, ON (2015)

Poë, J., Problem-based Learning as a Research Experience,” 250th ACS National Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts (2015)

Poë, J., “Report on the 23rd International Conference on Chemistry Education,” Chemistry International, 2014, 37, 33

Poë, J., “Èngaging the Echo Generation via Problem-based Learning;” 23rd International Conference on Chemistry Education; Toronto, Ontario (2014)

Poë, J., “Service Learning in the Chemical Sciences;” 23rd International Conference on Chemistry Education; Toronto, Ontario (2014)

Poë, J., Service Learning: Contributions to Wikipedia; 44th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress; Istanbul, Turkey (2013)

Dicks, A. and Poë, J., Developing Learning Communities in the Chemical Sciences, 22nd International Conference on Chemistry Education and 11th European Conference on Research in Chemistry Education, Rome (2012)

Poë, J., Reaching beyond the Front Rows of Our Classes, 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011)

Poë, J., Universal Design for Science Education, University of Toronto Bulletin, Forum, March 8, 2011

Poë, J., Melding Molecular Concepts of Acid/Base Reactions with an Algorithmic Treatment of the Data, 240th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA (2010)

Poë, J., Service Learning in the Chemical and Physical Sciences, 2010 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Honolulu, HI (2010)