Presented to one faculty advisor from the CSC who has demonstrated exceptional performance working with students. This award is a Student Chapter-nominated award.

The 2018 winner of the CSC’s Faculty Advisor Award is:

W. Stephen McNeil, MCIC
The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus

W. Stephen McNeil is an associate professor at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. He received his BSc and PhD from the University of British Columbia, both in years that start with a 1. He taught at the University of Washington, Douglas College, and Okanagan University College before joining UBC Okanagan in 2005.

McNeil is a 2009 recipient of the UBC Okanagan Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation and the inaugural 2018 recipient of the UBC Okanagan Killam Teaching Prize. He is currently leading a reform of the content and delivery of UBCO’s introductory chemistry courses by developing, implementing, and assessing flipped delivery activities, active and guided-inquiry learning, and a context-embedded curriculum. His ongoing interests include the development and assessment of active- and collaborative-learning methods, alternative conceptions of advanced chemical bonding models, and science communication and chemistry outreach. According to, he is “…the epitome of excellent, middle-aged teaching.”

The award was not presented 2016–2017

The 2015 winner of the CSC’s Faculty Advisor Award is:

Robin Stoodley, MCIC
University of British Columbia

Robin Stoodley completed his BSc (honours) and PhD in chemistry at the University of British Columbia. His research background involved both chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences, specializing in a mixture of electrochemistry, models of drug action, spectroscopy and surface science. After a short stint as a faculty member at the University of Calgary, he returned to join UBC’s faculty as an instructor in 2009. Now a senior instructor, he currently teaches upper-level analytical chemistry laboratories as well as a course on communicating science. His research interests include laboratory curriculum and laboratory experiment development; the latter having led to recent publications in Journal of Chemical Education. He is vice-chair of the CSC’s Chemistry Education Division and served as faculty advisor to UBC’s Student Chapter of the CSC since 2011.

The 2014 winner of the CSC’s Faculty Advisor Award is:

Judith Poë, FCIC
University of Toronto at Mississauga

Judith Poë, FCIC, did her ARCS in chemistry and her MSc and DIC in biochemistry at Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. She joined the faculty of the University of Toronto and Erindale College (now University of Toronto Mississauga), in 1970. A bioinorganic chemist who studied the mechanisms of catalysis by copper and iron containing metalloenzymes. Poë’s current research and scholarly activity are in the area of chemical education focusing on the areas of web-enhanced teaching and learning, writing as a tool for learning, problem-based learning and service–learning. She is the recipient of a number of teaching awards amongst which are a 3M Teaching Fellowship, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations’ Teaching Award, the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Union Carbide Award for Chemical Education and the University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award. She was cited in The McLean’s Guide to Canadian Universities as one of the University of Toronto’s most “popular profs.”  Poë served as President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the CIC Chemical Education Trust Fund.