The RISE Project officially launched in August 2021 with the following events:
Annual Adjunct Instructor Conference
This year’s (virtual) conference for adjunct instructors focused on the RISE Project. Participants heard about the project, its importance, and their role in its success. Additionally, adjunct faculty had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Saundra McGuire, award-winning teacher, nationally recognized speaker, and author of Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation. Dr. McGuire’s talk provided faculty with practical strategies for increasing student engagement and enhancing student learning.
RISE Project Launch with Dr. Saundra McGuire
Full-time faculty had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Saundra McGuire, award-winning teacher, nationally recognized speaker, and author of Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation. Dr. McGuire’s talk provided faculty with practical strategies for increasing student engagement and enhancing student learning. Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at LSU. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 400 institutions in 46 states and ten 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 October 2015 and is a Stylus Publishing bestseller. The student version of this book, Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level, was released in January 2018.The most recent of her honors include the 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences and induction into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction. She also received the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). She is an elected Fellow of the ACS, AAAS, and Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA). In November 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony. Additionally, she has achieved Level Four Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification through the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).She received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, her Master's degree from Cornell 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. They are the parents of Dr. Carla McGuire Davis and Dr. Stephanie McGuire, and the doting grandparents of Joshua, Ruth, Daniel, and Joseph Davis.
RISE Project Town Hall
Faculty attended a town hall in which they heard more about RISE Project plans (including those for RISE research studies), events, and resources and had the opportunity to ask questions.
Helping Students to RISE above Cheating
Students are motivated to violate academic honesty policies for a variety of reasons. Faculty can design courses in ways that help reduce the temptation, many of those ways are related to enhancing rigor, inclusiveness, support, and engagement. During this workshop, Dr. Lolita Paff, Associate Professor, Business Economics at Penn State Berks, offered practical tips on course design strategies to reduce cheating.
Dr. Lolita A. Paff is Associate Professor of Business Economics at Penn State Berks. Paff's pedagogical scholarship and faculty development work focus on classroom and online interaction, student engagement, and active learning. In her work as an economist she has researched the characteristics of Pennsylvania's R&D tax credit recipient firms, estimated firms' sensitivity to changes in state-level R&D tax credit rates, estimated the effective after-tax price of R&D across all U.S. states, and has provided expert witness testimony to the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee. Dr. Paff’s teaching experience reflects her broad-based professional and academic background in public and private accounting, finance and economics. She has taught courses in microeconomics, First-Year-Seminar, financial and managerial accounting, and international economics in face-to-face, blended, and fully online formats.