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 just instructional approaches. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association and Black Women’s Studies Association.

Dr. Foster’s primary research interests are Black childhood from the antebellum era to the present, urban elementary education, and Blackness as a disruptive pedagogy to affirm Black students’ humanity and academic potential. She works with a school district in the North Texas area to examine 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.