Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire Keynote

Metacognition: The Key to Equity and Excellence for All Students
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21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills and motivation levels. During this session, chemistry professor, learning strategist, and author Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire explains why many students come to college woefully unprepared and have difficulty achieving student learning outcomes. She also discusses cognitive science research-based strategies that facilitate conceptual, transferable learning that can close the achievement gap plaguing many of our institutions.

Dr. 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. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops on effective learning strategies at over 400 institutions in 46 states and nine countries. Prior to joining LSU, Dr. McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. McGuire has also held faculty positions at Alabama A&M University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her best-selling book, Teach Students How to Learn, was co-published in association with NISOD and released by Stylus Publishing in 2015. The student version of this book, Teach Yourself How to Learn, was released in January 2018.

Dr. McGuire’s most recent accolades include the 2017 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences and induction in 2017 into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction. She received the 2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science Lifetime Mentoring Award in recognition of her success at increasing the diversity of the Ph.D.-level workforce in the field of chemistry. In 2014, Dr. McGuire received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. She is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring was presented to her in a White House Oval office ceremony. 

Dr. McGuire received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, her Master’s from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellors Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise.

The Suanne Davis Roueche Distinguished Lecturer Award is named for Suanne Davis Roueche, who served as NISOD’s director for nearly 20 years.