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Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster

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Sandra Guzman Foster, Ph.D.Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster, the Sister Theophane Power Endowed Chair in Education, earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University where she was also a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Spencer Interdisciplinary Fellow. Prior to joining UIW, Dr. Guzman Foster worked with the Institute for Transformational Learning at the University of Texas Systems developing and producing competency-based instructional materials. Dr. Guzman Foster brings experience in online and hybrid pedagogy, curriculum development, teacher education, program evaluation, and educational research. Additionally, Dr. Guzman Foster has taught at the K-12 level, community college level, and at the university level in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado over the past 20 years.

Research Interests

Educational Policy, Critical Pedagogy, Social Justice, Historical, Political and Social Contexts of Education, Critical Multicultural Education, Reflective Practice, Transformative Dialogue, Urban Education, Educational Philosophy, Youth Empowerment, and Technology Integration in Education.

Personal Interests

Family, Dachshunds, Friends, Hiking, Reading, and Movies


“A teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students.  What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”  

- Paulo Freire

Contact Information

Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster

Assistant Professor


Courses Taught

  • Capstone in Education
  • Critical Theory in Education
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • History and Philosophy of Higher Education
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Introduction to Inquiry
  • Philosophical Foundations in Education
  • Research Tools and Methods
  • Theories of Learning


Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona


M.A., Developmental and Adult Education

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas


B.A., Psychology

St. Mary's University

San Antonio,Texas