About Cindy Magruder
Institute: Science & Technology
M.Ed.|Education|University of Texas at San Antonio
M.A.|Geology|Binghamton University (SUNY)
B.S.|Geology|University of Texas at San Antonio
I would like to mentor pre-nursing students as well as geology students.
In 1999 Professor Magruder took advantage of the limited research opportunities and became a McNair Scholar. During her time at UTSA she received several awards and recognitions for her undergraduate work and in 2000 was a finalist for Most Outstanding Student in the College of Sciences and Engineering.
Professor Magruder earned a B.S. in Geology degree with honors from University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 2000. In 1999 she took advantage of the limited research opportunities and became a McNair Scholar. During her time at UTSA she received several awards and recognitions for her undergraduate work and in 2000 was a finalist for Most Outstanding Student in the College of Sciences and Engineering. In Fall of 2000, Professor Magruder moved her family to New York, where she continued her education in Geology as a PhD candidate at Binghamton University. At Binghamton University she focused her studies on Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology. She received a M.A. in Geology in 2003 where her research led to manuscripts published in Geology and other major peer reviewed journals. Professor Magruder continued at Binghamton University pursuing her PhD as a GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellow. Professor Magruder joined the faculty at Northwest Vista College (NVC) in January 2006. In Fall 2008 she was introduced to Cooperative Learning at NVC and began incorporating this pedagogy to improve student engagement. Since joining the faculty she has promoted to Associate Professor and achieved tenure status. For the last 10 years she has been involved in college initiatives such as the colleges Quality Enhance Plan, Institutional Effectiveness and facilitating faculty development workshops. She has also received serval certificates for training in the cooperative learning pedagogy from the Cooperative Learning Institute in Minnesota and from Kagan Professional Development workshops. Professor Magruder has been the central leader of cooperative learning workshops since 2008. It is through her continued efforts and passion for student learning that she has spearheaded the Cooperative Learning initiative at NVC which has placed this college in the National Spotlight for collaborative and interactive learning. She now serves the College and District as Geology Coordinator, AS Program Coordinator, and Cooperative Learning Coordinator. In her role as Cooperative Learning Coordinator, she is integral to training new faculty to come proficient in Cooperative Learning techniques, helping faculty at Northwest Vista College to engage students in the classroom with other students and the course content.