Dr. Saundra McGuire
Dr. Saundra McGuire

Faculty from all UTHealth schools are invited to attend the 2015 Advances in Teaching and Learning Day, set for Friday, June 12 in The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Saundra McGuire, former assistant vice chancellor and professor, now director emerita of the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University. Her topic will be “Teach Health Sciences Students HOW to Learn:  Metacognition Is the Key!”

The event is sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is open to faculty members from all six UTHealth schools and Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, contact Center for Teaching and Learning Director Dr. Harold Henson, Harold.A.Henson@uth.tmc.edu. Registration and additional meeting details will be announced soon.

McGuire earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., a master’s degree from Cornell University, and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise.

Prior to joining LSU in August 1999, she spent 11 years at Cornell University, where she received the Clark Distinguished Teaching Award.  McGuire also has held faculty positions at the State University of New York at Brockport, The University of Tennessee, and Alabama A&M University. She retired from LSU in 2013.

McGuire has been teaching and mentoring college students for more than 40 years, presenting her widely acclaimed faculty development workshops in 39 states at more than 150 institutions, including The University of Michigan, Midlands Technical College, The University of California at Davis, The University of Kansas, North Carolina A&T State University, State University of New York at Albany, Wharton County Junior College, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences, including The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Summer Institute, The American Association of Colleges and Universities Transforming STEM Education Conference and others.

In 2007, McGuire was recognized for excellence in mentoring with a Presidential Award presented in a White House Oval Office ceremony. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations.

In 2010, she became one of only seven individuals in the nation to have achieved Level Four Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification through the National College Learning Center Association.

She is the author for four editions of the student study guide and instructors’ teaching guide for a popular introductory chemistry textbook published by Pearson Education. Additionally, she has published her work in The Journal of Chemical Education, American Scientist, Science, The Learning Assistance Review, To Improve the Academy, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning.  She also has presented numerous webinars on teaching and learning topics for various organizations, including Innovative Educators; the Teaching, Learning and Technology Group; and the American Chemical Society.