Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Retention, Louisiana State University
Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Retention at Louisiana State University. She served as the director of LSU’s nationally recognized campus-wide learning center, The Center for Academic Success, from 1999 to 2009. Prior to joining LSU in August, 1999, McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she served as Acting Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. While at Cornell she received the highly coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. McGuire has been teaching chemistry and working in the area of learning support for over 40 years. She has worked actively with university faculty and students to increase their understanding of the application of cognitive science and learning theory to studying science. Her current interests include improving learning strategies used by university students, reform of pre-college science and college science teaching methods, and increasing the number of African-American students who are interested in and prepared to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She has presented her widely praised workshop, "Teaching Students How to Learn," at over 100 colleges and universities, to thousands of faculty and students from diverse economic backgrounds, at different developmental levels, and with widely varying learning styles. Both faculty and students alike have reported increased professional and academic success after implementing the strategies she presents.
In 2011 Dr. McGuire was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and received the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2010, she was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, and also became one of only seven individuals in the Nation to achieve Level Four Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification through the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA). 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. Because of her civic contributions she was designated a 2003 YWCA Woman of Achievement in the City of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. McGuire received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, where she was designated a 2008 Distinguished Alumna by the Department of Chemistry. She received 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.
She is married to Dr. Stephen C. McGuire, and they are the parents of Dr. Carla McGuire Davis and Dr. Stephanie McGuire, and the grandparents of Joshua, Ruth, Daniel, and Joseph Davis.