OAPT Ontario Association of Physics Teachers


Joanne O'Meara

Dr. Joanne O`Meara


I obtained my B.Sc. with Honours in Applied Physics in 1995 from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, Canada. I completed my Ph.D. in Medical Physics in 1999, also at McMaster University. From 2000 to 2001, I was a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, USA.


During my postdoctoral fellowship, I worked as a Visiting Scientist at the Body Composition Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. After completing my postdoctoral research at MIT, I became an Assistant Professor at McMaster University in the Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences department, starting in September of 2001. In July 2002, I joined the Department of Physics at the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor. I was granted tenure at the end of 2004, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. In July 2009, I became Associate Chair of the Department. Since 2004, I have had adjunct faculty status in the Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences department at McMaster University. Professional Activities & Awards I am a reviewer for numerous international journals, as well as a reviewer for both NSERC and Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant applications.


I have been involved in many community outreach activities, including Physics fun shows for elementary school participants in the S@GE program at the University of Guelph, as well as planning and taping 10 physics segments for Daily Planet, aired on the Discovery Channel. I have been extensively involved with the Division of Physics Education within the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP), serving as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-Chair, Chair and Past Chair over the years. I headed up the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Revitalization formed by the CAP, as well as participated in the selection of several Teaching Medal recipients for the CAP. I have co-organized many CAP Congress sessions for the Division of Physics Education, as well as assisted in the planning of many High School Physics Teachers’ Workshops hosted at the CAP Congress. In Mar/Apr 2005, I was the co-editor of a special issue of Physics in Canada on Physics Education. I am the recipient of the 2009 Special Merit Teaching Award from the University of Guelph Faculty Association. In 2004, I was awarded a Presidential Distinguished Professor Award by the University of Guelph. In 2011 I was awarded the CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics