Saundra McGuire


Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Retention at Louisiana State University.  She served as the director of LSU’s nationally recognized campus-wide learning center, The Center for Academic Success, from 1999 to 2009.   Prior to joining LSU, McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she served as Acting Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry.   While at Cornell she received the highly coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. McGuire has been teaching chemistry and working in the area of learning support for over 40 years.   She has worked actively with university faculty and students to increase their understanding of the application of cognitive science and learning theory to studying science.   She has presented her widely praised workshop, “Teaching Students How to Learn,” at over 100 colleges and universities, to thousands of faculty and students from diverse economic backgrounds, at different developmental levels, and with widely varying approaches to learning.  Both faculty and students alike have reported increased professional and academic success after implementing the strategies she presents.

In 2011 Dr. McGuire was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and received the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Distinguished Teaching Award.  In 2010, she was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and also became one of only seven individuals in the Nation to achieve Level Four Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification through the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).  In November 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony.