10/04/2012 10:57 AM
BATON ROUGE – In November, LSU Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry
Saundra Yancy McGuire will receive the highest honor conferred upon professionals
in learning assistance and developmental education, as she is inducted as a Fellow
of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations, or
CLADEA. McGuire will join a select group of only 45 individuals to receive such a
Renown for her efforts to transform education in postsecondary science and increase
the achievement of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics, or STEM, fields, McGuire’s areas of interest are ways in which instruction
can more effectively presented to students, as well as mechanisms by which student
learning can be increased.
She has more than 30 years of experience teaching and has been invited to conduct
workshops, institutes and talks at more than 100 colleges and universities throughout
the nation. McGuire is also nationally recognized for her role as a mentor to many
learning center professionals and as a staunch advocate for instructional innovation
and research-based learning strategies.
Prior to assuming the assistant vice chancellor position at LSU, McGuire served as
director of the University’s Center for Academic Success, or CAS, in the Division
of Student Life and Enrollment.
She stated that this honor is due in large part to the work of her colleagues at the
CAS, the support of LSU faculty and staff who have worked with her to increase student
learning, and to the hard work and dedication of the LSU students who have implemented
the strategies they learned.
McGuire is also a recipient of the Clark Distinguished Teaching Award; the Presidential
Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring given by former
President George W. Bush; and most recently, the Distinguished Teaching Award from
the College Reading and Learning Association, or CRLA. She is also a Fellow of the
American Chemical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Prior to joining LSU in 1999, McGuire spent 11 years at Cornell University, where
she served as director of the Center for Learning & Teaching and senior lecturer in
the Department of Chemistry.
McGuire will be formally inducted as a CLADEA fellow at a joint conference of the CRLA and College Academic Support Programs, or CASP, in Houston on Nov. 8.
Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012