This year's conference will feature Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she formerly held the positions of Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry. Prior to joining LSU in August 1999, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. McGuire has been teaching chemistry, working in the area of learning and teaching support, and mentoring students for over 45 years. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 250 institutions in 43 states and eight countries. Additionally, she has published her work in The Journal of Chemical Education, American Scientist, Science, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning. Her latest book, Teach Students How to Learn was released by Stylus Publications in October 2015.
She has received numerous awards for her work in improving student learning and mentoring students, the most recent of which is the 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. In 2015 she received the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award, and in 2014 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). In 2011 she was elected a Fellow of AAAS, and in 2010 she was elected an ACS Fellow. 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.
Dr. McGuire received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She earned 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, a professor of physics at Southern University. They are the parents of Dr. Carla McGuire Davis and Dr. Stephanie McGuire, and the doting grandparents of Joshua, Ruth, Daniel, and Joseph Davis.