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a one day conference on
Engaging Students The Process & Product of Effective Active Learning
October 19, 2012
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                   Active Learning orangestar.gif Peer Collaboration orangestar.gif Pedagogical Creativity ion: CarlisleSuite of E. H. Hereford University Center (2nd floor
Keynote Speaker Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire

“Metacognition: The Key to Active and Engaged Learning!”

Today’s students enter college with widely varying academic skills, interests, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but do not want to spend time actively engaged in the learning process. Most students think that memorizing information before an examination is tantamount to learning the material, and spend considerably less time studying than is commensurate with their grade expectations. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to cognitive science findings, and will provide a variety of strategies that can be used to get students to engage in learning activities.

Keynote Speaker  Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry and 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 in August, 1999, McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the highly coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award.     

In 2012 Dr. McGuire was elected a fellow of The Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA), and in 2011 she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  In 2010, she was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 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.

Dr. McGuire received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, where she was designated a 2008 Distinguished Alumna by the Department of Chemistry.  She received 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. 

Dr. McGuire 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 grandparents of Joshua, Ruth, Daniel, and Joseph Davis.