- 2009 Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Excellence in Teaching Award
- Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching (1994-95)
- Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award (2007)
- Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award (2002)
- Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s 3M Teaching Fellowship (2003)
A member of Trent’s Mathematics Faculty since 1984, Dr. David Poole has been recognized with a number of awards for his inspirational teaching. His research interests are algebra, discrete mathematics, ring theory and mathematics education. When Prof. Poole is not teaching at Trent or completing research, he is conducting math enrichment courses for Peterborough elementary and high school students.
When awarded the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, teaching awards committee member Bonnie MacKinnon referred to Prof. Poole as an instructor who “should be teaching others how to teach.” He is concerned with making math interesting, understandable and challenging.
Prof. Poole has served as Trent’s associate dean of Teaching and Learning, and his dedication to high quality teaching extends to policy development; Prof. Poole is involved with teaching committees, has produced reports on teaching and learning approaches, and written mathematics text books, including Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction.
Prof. David Poole has a B.Sc. from Acadia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from McMaster University.