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Holly Foster

Dr. Holly Foster

Associate Professor


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. Dr. Foster's research interests include student affairs, student life – historical and current, and the history of higher education.

  • Higher Education/Student Affairs (PHD) - University of Virginia (2014)
  • Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education (MED) - University of Virginia (2009)
  • Teaching Writing and Literature (MA) - George Mason University (2008)
  • Cultural Studies (BA) - George Mason University (2007)

(HE 614) Student Affairs Administration
(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
(HE 792) Current Politics in Higher Education
(REF 792) Academic Writing

(HON 303) Health and Wellness in Higher Education

  • When Students Drink Too Much: Whose Problem is it Anyway?, Journal of Case Studies in Educational Leadership, 2017,
  • Health Promotion Curriculum Infusion Delivered through Systems Engineering Case Studies, Advances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 2020, 10.1007/978-3-030-20135-7_20
  • Higher Education Institutions Respond to Epidemics, History of Education Quarterly, 2020, 10.1017/heq.2020.11
  • Differentiating the EdD and the PhD in Higher Education: A Survey of Characteristics and Trends, Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 2023, 10.5195/ie.2023.288
  • Southern Association of College Student Affairs
  • English (Native or Bilingual)

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Higher Education and Student Affairs