Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster


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

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Qualitative Design & Analysis
  • Capstone in Education
  • 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
  • Theories of Learning
  • Qualitative Research Methods/Analysis

Contact Information

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


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