Internationally acclaimed educator Saundra McGuire to lead UAH workshops on metacognition and student success

Saundra McGuire

Dr. Saundra McGuire, internationally recognized educator and scientist will visit UAH Aug. 23-24, to lead workshops for faculty, staff and students.

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Saundra Y. McGuire, internationally recognized educator, author and lecturer will visit The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Aug. 23-24, to facilitate workshops for faculty, staff and students on metacognition and student success.

Dr. McGuire, the author of the best selling book Teach Students How to Learn, was invited to the UAH campus by Provost Christine Curtis to lead several workshops. Three sessions have been designed with faculty and staff in mind, with one session being repeated on Friday. In addition, three workshops are also planned for students. The UAH community is encouraged to participate in one or more sessions.

McGuire, Director Emerita of The Louisiana State University (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 successful strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers.

She has delivered keynote addresses and presented workshops at over 400 institutions in 47 states and nine countries. Her book, "Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation," was released in 2015. The student version of the book, "Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level," was released last January.

Cover presentation for Saundra McGuire's Teach Students How to Learn
Courtesy of Stylus Publishing, LLC

McGuire has been recognized internationally, at the highest levels, for her advances in improving student learning and mentoring students. Her Honors and awards include the 2017 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences and induction into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction, 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science Lifetime Mentor Award (2015), Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (2014). In 2007, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring was presented to McGuire in a White House Oval Office Ceremony.

McGuire received a B.S. degree (magna cum laude), from Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA). She earned a Master’s degree from Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.), and Ph.D. from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Knoxville, TN).

Dr. Saundra McGuire workshops at UAH

Thursday, Aug. 23

Student Session

9:40 - 10:35 a.m.: “Metacognition: Strategies for Acing Courses and Life,” SSB 112.

Faculty and Staff Session

1 - 2:30 p.m.: “Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades,” SSB 112.

Student Session

4:20 - 5:15 p.m.: “Metacognition: Strategies for Acing Courses and Life,” SSB 112.

Friday, Aug. 24

Faculty and Staff Session

8 - 9:30 a.m.: “Increasing Student Motivation: Strategies that Work,” CGU Theater.

Student Session

1 - 1:55 p.m.: “Metacognition: Strategies for Acing Courses and Life,” CGU Theater.

Faculty and Staff Session

2:30 - 4 p.m.: “Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades,” CGU Theater.


Provost & Executive VP for Academic Affairs

Joyce Anderson-Maples