Saundra Yancy McGuire, Director Emerita of the LSU Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry, is an internationally recognized chemical educator, author and lecturer who has travelled the globe promoting sure-fire strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers. Prior to joining LSU in 1999, McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. 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 and is a Stylus Publications best seller.
A proud native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. McGuire received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Southern University, her Master’s degree from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. in chemical education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Promise.
Among Dr. McGuire’s most recent accolades are the 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences and Induction into LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction. In 2015 she received the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award and in 2014 she was awarded 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 ACS and the AAAS. In 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony. 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.