Holly Foster, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Student Affairs Administration/Higher Education


Dr. Holly Foster received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia where she worked in student affairs for four years. Her dissertation, “Celebratory Drinking among College Students: Facilitating Prevention with Social Norms Marketing and Curriculum Infusion in a Multidisciplinary Environment,” looks at high-risk drinking among college students and how student affairs professionals and academic faculty can work together using curriculum infusion to bring health promotion content into academic classrooms. She previously taught English at Tidewater Community College where she continues to serve on the editorial board of Exigence, the Virginia Community College System student journal for academic writing.  Her research interests include student affairs, substance abuse among college students – historical and current, social justice in higher education, and the history of higher education.


(HE 619) Cultural Diversity in Student Affairs

(HE 639) Foundations of Student Affairs Administration

(HE 654) Supervised Practice in Student Affairs

(HE 705) Social Justice in Higher Education

(HE 712) The Two-Year College

(HE 743) Student Development Theory and Research

(REF 792) Academic Writing

(HE 792) Current Politics in Higher Education

(HE 792) Substance Abuse in Higher Education



Reynolds, C. L., Platt, R. E., Malone-Schaffer, L., & Foster, H. A. (In press).  Anonymity, social media, and higher education: The problem of electronic threats to the campus community. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.

Bass, E. J., Foster, H. A., Lee, D. W., Bruce, S. E., & Bailey, R. R. (Under review). Health promotion curriculum infusion delivered through systems engineering case studies. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Foster, H. A. (2017). When students drink too much:  Whose problem is it anyway? Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 20(3), 18-25.

Foster, H. A., Bruce, S. E., & Bass, E. J. (2011). Are Students Drinking Hand Over Fifth:  Targeting High-risk Populations to Curb a Dangerous Practice.  Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 55(3), 41-60.



Foster, H. A. (2017). College life at the university of Virginia during the civil war: More than a myth. Southern History of Education Society Conference, Athens, GA.

Foster, H. A. & Butler, T. (2013).  Are We Normal?  An Ethnography of Program Chairs as Both Faculty Members and Administrators at Ivy Tech Community College.  Two Year College English Association Conference – Midwest, Normal, IL.

Foster, H. A. (2011).  Social Media in Substance Abuse Prevention in Higher Education.  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Annual Conference of Affiliates. Arlington, VA.

Foster, H. A. (2011).  Are Students Drinking Hand Over Fifth:  Targeting High-risk Populations to Curb a Dangerous Practice.  NASPA Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Conference. Miami, FL, and U.S. Department of Education National Meeting on Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Higher Education. National Harbor, MD.

Rowan-Kenyon, H., Triplett, L., Sahar, L., Seid, A., Warwick, E. & Foster, H. A. (2010).  Positive Partnerships: Using Capstone Projects to Meet Campus Assessment Needs.  ACPA Conference.  Boston, MA.



TCC Professional Excellence in Teaching Award (2016)

TCC Exemplary Leadership Award (2016)

University of Virginia, Annette Gibbs Research Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching (2010)