Prestigious Awards for a Pair of African American Scholars

Mitchell Donald 2012Donald Mitchell Jr., an assistant professor of higher education at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been selected to receive the 2016 McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award at the annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas.

Dr. Mitchell joined the faculty at Grand Valley State in 2012. He is a graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Mitchell holds a master’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.

Sandra-McGuireSaundra Yancy McGuire, director emerita of the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for Advancement of Science. Dr. McGuire also served as a professor of chemistry and assistant vice chancellor at LSU. During her tenure, she mentored 32 African American doctoral students in STEM disciplines.

Professor McGuire is a magna cum laude graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, where she majored in chemistry. She holds a master’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a Ph.D. in chemical education from the University of Tennessee.


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