Dr. McGuire has served Oregon's students as a teacher and administrator for 39 years, starting his professional career as an elementary teacher in Springfield, but grew comfortable teaching at all levels. He has experience as an elementary, K-8, and middle school principal, before accepting district positions as curriculum, instruction, and assessment coordinator, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.
Serving on the faculty for the past seven years has invigorated Dr. McGuire's professional dedication, teaching educational research, student assessment and evaluation, communication and conflict, instructional leadership and evaluation, and organizing and managing school literacy programs. He has advised 114 action research and thesis projects, coordinated capstone experience advisors, and served as visiting professor on dissertation committees.
Dr. McGuire conducted his field research throughout rural Oregon, researching the complexity of governance, management, and leadership styles, structures, and procedures of superintendent-principals in small school districts. Communication, problem solving, and decision-making were examined through the lenses of democratic participation and organizational development to determine effective leadership styles. His dissertation, "Roads Less Traveled: Democratic Participation in Very Small School Districts in Oregon," resulted in publication in The Rural Educator journal ,The Executive Educator, and presentation at the National Rural Education Association National Convention, at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
The twin themes of inquiry and leadership have characterized other professional development of Dr. McGuire. He participated, through competitive appointment, in Leadership: An Evolving Vision at The Principal's Center, Harvard University, Cutting Edge Practices: Improving Student Achievement Through Curriculum Coordination and Articulation, The Institute for the Advancement of Leadership, and Strategic Planning and Consolidated District Improvement Planning. He has had training in literacy, ELL language acquisition, differentiation, authentic assessment, and designed and led training for doctorate advisors, including Helping Doctoral Students Write.
Dr. McGuire has presented at Institute Days, Oregon Trail School District, Master's Program and the Summer Institute for School Leaders, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon School Boards' Association Annual Convention, and Confederation of School Administrator's Seaside Conference. He has been recognized for the Achievement of Excellence, Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators and Distinguished Alumnus, University of Oregon College of Education.
Dr. McGuire is happily married every day to Julie and has two adult sons Chris and Steven. He enjoys family, reading, writing, traveling, and Oregon football.