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Keynote Addresses

Sandra Yancy McGuire
Saundra Yancy McGuire
Center for Academic Success (Director Emerita)
Louisiana State University
Brett Jones
Brett Jones
Professor of Educational Psychology
Virginia Tech
Teach Students How to Learn:
Metacognition is the Key!

Exploring Similarities Between Effective College Teaching and Jazz Composition

Abstract: 21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. But most students resort to memorizing information just before tests because they do not have effective learning strategies. This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. Attendees will experience strategies that significantly improve success by transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning.

Abstract: At first glance, you may see few similarities between effective college teaching and jazz composition. But good jazz compositions have many of the same elements as effective college teaching. In this presentation, Dr. Jones will describe some of these similarities in an effort to help you think about college teaching a little differently. You don't need to know anything about jazz or music composition to understand this presentation. You just need an open mind and the willingness to listen to some jazz. By the end of the presentation, you will understand the basics of a framework that can help you build on your strengths and shore-up any weaknesses that you may have in motivating and engaging students in learning.

Bio: Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she formerly held the positions of Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry. Prior to joining LSU in August 1999, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. McGuire has been teaching chemistry, working in the area of learning and teaching support, and mentoring students for over 40 years. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented her widely acclaimed student success and faculty development workshops at over 200 institutions in 41 states and six countries. 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. 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 by Stylus Publications in October 2015.

She has received numerous awards for her work in improving student learning and mentoring students, the most recent of which is the 2015 AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award. In 2014 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). In 2012 she was elected a fellow of The Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA), and in 2011 she was elected a Fellow of AAAS. In 2010, she was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, and also became one of only seven individuals in the nation at that time to have achieved 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 named a Department of Chemistry Distinguished Alumna in 2008. She earned 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. 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.

Bio: Brett D. Jones, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the Learning Sciences and Technologies Department at Virginia Tech. He has taught 24 different types of courses related to motivation, cognition, and teaching strategies, and has conducted workshops and invited presentations at several universities. He researches student motivation and examines methods teachers can use to design instruction that supports students' motivation and learning. In his new book - Motivating Students by Design: Practical Strategies for Professors - he provides readers with strategies they can use to motivate students intentionally through the design of their courses.

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