Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to joining LSU in August 1999, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. She has spent her career working on improving student learning, and has presented keynote addresses or workshops at over 100 events in 38 states and several international venues. In 2011 she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and in 2010, she was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. In November 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony. She received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, her Master’s degree from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise.
My interest has been in improving student learning by teaching students metacognitive learning strategies. I work actively with university faculty and students to increase their understanding of the application of cognitive science and learning theory to increasing student academic performance. My current interests include improving learning strategies used by university students, reform of pre-college and college teaching methods, and increasing the number of underrepresented minority and women students who are interested in and prepared to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
2013 Inaugural Dean’s Visiting Scholar, College of Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa
2012 Inaugural Ronald O. Ragsdale Lecturer, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Utah
2012 Elected Fellow of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations
2011 Distinguished Teaching Award, College Reading and Learning Association
2010 Awarded Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification by the National College Learning Center Association
2008 Distinguished Alumna, Southern University Department of Chemistry
2007 Invited Speaker, ACS Presidential Symposium in Honor of Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann’s 70th Birthday
2002 Received the Outstanding Chemical Educator Award National Organization for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- E. Cook, E. Kennedy, and S.Y. McGuire “Effect of Teaching Metacognitive Learning Strategies on Performance in General Chemistry Courses”, Journal of Chemical Education, in press. DOI: 10.1021/ed300686h.
- N. Zhao, J. G. Wardeska, S. Y. McGuire, and E Cook “Metacognition: An Effective Tool to Promote Success in College Science Learning”, Journal of College Science Teaching, in press.
- R. Hoffmann and S.Y. McGuire “Learning and Teaching Strategies”, American Scientist, vol. 98, no. 5, pp. 378 – 382., 2010
- R. Hoffmann and S.Y. McGuire “Teaching and Learning Strategies that Work”, Science, vol. 325, p. 1203, September 4, 2009
- S.Y. McGuire "The Impact of Supplemental Instruction on Teaching Students How to Learn. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Supplemental Instruction: New Visions for Empowering Student Learning, Marion Stone, Glen Jacobs, eds., Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (2006)
- S. Y. McGuire, Problem Solving Guide and Workbook for Introductory Chemistry, 3rd ed. by Russo and Silver, Benjamin/Cummings, San Francisco, CA (2006)
- R. W. Hall, L. G. Butler, S. Y. McGuire, S. P. McGlynn, G. L. Lyon, R. L. Reese, and P. A. Limbach, “Automated, Web-Based Second-Chance Homework”, Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 78, 2001 (1704-1708), December 2001.
- S. Y. McGuire and D.W. Williams, “Millennial Learner: Challenges and Opportunities,” To Improve the Academy, Vol. 20, pp. 185-196, (2002)