Millsaps' McGuire earns Carnegie award


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named Dr. Sarah Lea McGuire, professor of biology at Millsaps College, the 2006 Mississippi Professor of the Year.


“Dr. McGuire is a marvel,” said Dr. Richard A. Smith, senior vice president and dean of Millsaps College. “She appears to be one of those rare individuals who can do it all. She is a superb teacher and a nationally recognized scholar.”


McGuire was selected from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.


McGuire’s scholarship focuses on identifying, cloning and characterizing new fungal genes that are involved in controlling cell division, and her teaching covers courses from Introductory cell biology to science and society. She has been instrumental in developing courses for the Millsaps core curriculum that provide broad, challenging exposure to chemistry, biology, physics and geology.


“No one works alone in science. No one accomplishes anything without the support of others around them,” McGuire said. “I’ve been fortunate all of my life to have wonderful people surrounding me, supporting me and encouraging me. From the day I arrived at Millsaps, I have been supported by the College, the science division, the biology department and the students.”