Office: 433 Choppin Hall
Area of Interest
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.
Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at LSU. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 250 institutions in 43 states and eight countries. Her latest book, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation, was released in October 2015.
The most recent of her awards is the 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences. She also received the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). She is an elected Fellow of the ACS, AAAS, and Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA). In November 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony. Additionally, she has achieved Level Four Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification through the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).
She received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, her Master’s degree from Cornell 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, a professor of physics at Southern. They are the parents of Dr. Carla McGuire Davis and Dr. Stephanie McGuire, and the doting grandparents of Joshua, Ruth, Daniel, and Joseph Davis.
Awards and Honors
- 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences
- 2017 LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction Inductee
- 2017 Esprit de Femme Award, LSU Women’s Center
- 2015 Lifetime Mentor Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- 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 (CLADEA)
- 2011 Elected Fellow of AAAS
- 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award, College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)
- 2010 Elected Fellow of ACS
- 2010 Awarded Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification by the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA)
- 2008 Distinguished Alumna, Southern University Department of Chemistry
- 2007 Invited Speaker, ACS Presidential Symposium in Honor of Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann’s 70th Birthday
- 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
- 2002 Received the Outstanding Chemical Educator Award National Organization for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- S. Y. McGuire, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation, Stylus Publications, Sterling, VA (2015)
- 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,vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 48-54, 2014
- E. Cook, E. Kennedy, and S.Y. McGuire“Effect of Teaching Metacognitive Learning Strategies on Performance in General Chemistry Courses”, Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 90, pp. 961-967, 2013.
- 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)
- 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)
Invited talks at hundreds of institutions including Cornell University, University of California Davis, University of Maryland College Park, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, University of Massachusetts Amherst, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Temple University, Tennessee State University, Tulane University, Carleton College, Durham Technical Community College, Scripps Research Institute, Suffolk University Law School, and Meharry Medical College.