Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster


Sandra Guzman Foster, Ph.D.Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster 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 as an education consultant where she worked on several projects such as leading research and evaluation teams in fieldwork, developing course curriculum for online programs, and serving as a research subject matter expert. Dr. Guzman Foster brings experience in online and hybrid pedagogy, curriculum development, teacher education, program evaluation, educational research, and social justice education. Additionally, Dr. Guzman Foster has taught at the K-12 level, community college level, and at the university level in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado.

Awards and Accomplishments

Dr. Guzman Foster is the 2021-2022 Moody Professor. She held the Sister Theophane Power Endowed Chair in Education from 2017-2020. She has been nominated for the Minnie Stevens Piper Award and the Presidential Teaching Award.

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

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Qualitative Design and Analysis
  • Capstone in Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Adult Education: Popular Education for Social Change
  • Critical Theory in Education
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • History and Philosophy of Higher Education
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Introduction to Inquiry
  • Multicultural Concepts in Education
  • Philosophical Foundations in Education
  • Research Tools and Methods
  • The Compassionate Researcher
  • Theories of Learning
  • Qualitative Research Methods/Analysis

Contact Information

Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster
Associate Professor
(210) 832-3215


Ph.D., Educational Leadership and 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