Marquita D. Foster, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the department of Curriculum & Instruction. Dr. Foster earned a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in educational leadership from Lamar University, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Foster’s areas of teaching include issues in diversity and instructional design. Her teaching philosophy speaks to acknowledging uncomfortable space and recognizes that discomfort in K-16 education protects individuals from learning difficult histories and developing a historical understanding of diversity and cultural instructional approaches. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association and Black Women’s Studies Association, and is on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of English, Early Childhood Education Assembly.

Dr. Foster’s primary research interests include Black feminist epistemologies, Black childhood from the antebellum era to the present, the principles of resistance and critical caring within the Black Teaching Tradition, and more recently, Black and Indigenous methodologies that center storytelling, freedom dreams, and narrative (re)mapping. Dr. Foster's publications focus on urban elementary education and Blackness as a disruptive pedagogy to affirm Black students’ humanity and academic potent. She is currently working on a paper that explores the critical caring practices of Black educators prepared by university teacher educator programs, including at HBCUs, versus alternative certification programs. Dr. Foster enjoys researching and publishing with her students, research participants, and colleagues.