Institute of Urban Policy

Kevin Foster, PhD


Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Faculty Fellow
Kevin Foster, PhD

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Bringing together research, teaching, and community service to improve academic outcomes for African American and other students

Courses


AFR 395P • Subjects In Prof In Afr-Wb

30245 • Fall 2020
Meets T 11:00AM-2:00PM
Internet

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UGS 303 • Education And Black America

60750-60760 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAI 2.48
Hybrid/Blended
CD ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

UGS 302 • Education And Black America

59570 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM JES A207A
Wr ID

This course will explore the education of people of African descent in colonial America and the United States from the 1600s to the present. The course will use the disciplinary tools of History, Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science and be divided into three segments. The first will section will be historical and include student engagement of primary writings by 19th century African American thinkers. The second section will be socio-cultural and consider the circumstances surrounding African descended students in the United States. The third section will be oriented to U.S. education policy and practices that impact students of African descent.

AFR 395P • Subjects In Prof In Afr

30265 • Fall 2019
Meets TH 11:00AM-2:00PM MEZ 1.104

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UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise/Peril

62280-62320 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM GEA 105
CD ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

UGS 302 • Education And Black America

61270 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 5.190
Wr ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 395P • Subjects In Prof In Afr

30815 • Fall 2018
Meets TH 11:00AM-2:00PM GWB 1.138

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UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise/Peril

64015-64055 • Fall 2018
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM GSB 2.124
ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 372C • Social Media/Social Impact

29750 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CLA 1.102
CDII

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

UGS 302 • Education And Black America

61880 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 5.190
Wr ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 372C • Social Media/Social Impact

30255 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.120
CD

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

UGS 302 • Education And Black America

62530 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 128
Wr ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 301 • African American Culture

30005 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM GEA 105
CD (also listed as AMS 315, ANT 310L)

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

Required Texts: 

  • Kindred (Octavia Butler)
  • Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. Du Bois)
  • Why We Can’t Wait (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • Price of the Ticket (Frederick Harris)
  • Good Ole’ Fashioned Composition Notebook

Graded Assessments (100 points available):

  • Unannounced (10) Quiz #1 Kindred, lectures & other readings Unannounced
  • (10) Quiz #2 Souls of Black Folk, lectures & other readings
  • Mid-term Test (30)
  • Unannounced (10) Quiz #3 Why We Can’t Wait, lectures & other readings
  • Unannounced (10) Quiz #4 (Price of the Ticket; lectures & other readings
  • Final Test (30)

UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise/Peril

63935-63945 • Fall 2016
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM SZB 296
CD ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 372C • Black Studies & Social Media

29360 • Spring 2016
Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM GEA 114
CD

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

UGS 303 • Education And Black America

61760-61770 • Spring 2016
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 220
CD

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 301 • African American Culture

29530 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM GEA 105
CD (also listed as AMS 315, ANT 310L)

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

 

UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise & Peril

63215-63255 • Fall 2015
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.306
CD ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 372C • Black Studies & Social Media

29700 • Spring 2015
Meets MW 5:00PM-6:30PM GEA 114
CD

Description:

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

AFR 372D • Politics Of Black Education

29705 • Spring 2015
Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM PHR 2.114
CD

Description

Issues surrounding the schooling of Black folks in this country have been central to the civil rights struggle. In this course, students will explore the history of Black education philosophies, alongside contemporary issues and outcomes of implemented policy. Students will then be asked to consider political and practical strategies for the improvement of the educational outcomes of Black students.  Focus will be on ideologies driving local, state, and federal education policy, policies that have emerged, and their impacts.

 

Building upon the Black epistemological context established through students’ reading of primary sources, we will explore how school policies, practices, and curriculum, as well as socialization, cultural background, peer groupings, race, class, and gender, impact students’ academic aspirations, development, performance, and outcomes.

 

Students will look at education-related interests in the political world, the efforts and organizing of marginalized groups in society, and how (or sometimes whether) their interests translate into policy, programs, and actions related to teaching, learning and schooling opportunities in the United States.

AFR 301 • African American Culture

30385 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM WAG 101
CD (also listed as AMS 315, ANT 310L)

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

 

UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise & Peril

65530-65585 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM JES A121A
CD

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 393 • Ed Pol: Race, Class, & Gender

30890 • Spring 2014
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM GDC 5.304
(also listed as EDC 385G)
Race, Class and Gender in Education Policy will look at recent history and contemporary issues in education policy, with a focus on: ideologies driving local, state, and federal education policy; policies that have emerged; and their impacts. We will look at education related interests, efforts and organizing of marginalized groups in society and how (or sometimes whether) their interests translate into policy, programs and actions related to teaching, learning and schooling opportunities in the United States. From the standpoint of policy, our topics will include such federal legislation as the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was passed as part of President Johnson's "War on Poverty," the 1972 Education Amendments that included the Title IX effort to end sex discrimination, and the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA known as No Child Left Behind. Our study will also include analyses of state law, local programs and their impacts. We'll also think about program areas like Special Ed, GT, AP and others that include huge overrepresentation or underrepresentation of black students among others.

UGS 303 • Education And Black America

65055-65065 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 224
CD ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 372C • Black Studies & Social Media

30335 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 201
CD

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

Texts:

Taking a Stand: Community Engaged Scholarship on the Tenure Track (Foster, 2012)

Partnerships for STEM Education (Foster, 2010)

Here Comes Everybody (Shirky 2008)

I Tweet Honestly, I Tweet Passionately (Marwick, 2011)

Social Networks That Matter: Twitter Under the Microscope (Huberman 2009)

From Informal Learning and Identity Formation (McNally)

Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media for the 21st Century. (Jenkins, 2009)

 

Grading breakdown:

Social Media Tracking – 40%

Social Media Plan of Action – 40%

Reaction Papers – 10%

Participation/Attendance – 10%

UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise & Peril

66835-66890 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM JES A121A

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 301 • African American Culture

30261 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 116
CD (also listed as AMS 315, ANT 310L)

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

 

UGS 303 • Education And Black America

64485-64510 • Spring 2013
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM SZB 104

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 301 • African American Culture

30175 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 108
CD (also listed as AMS 315, ANT 310L)

This course surveys African-American Culture from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of Blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary society. Classroom lectures and discussions reflect the reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African-American religious, political, social, and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African-American culture and history, and will provide a foundation for future Black Studies coursework. Required reading list: Kindred (Octavia Butler, 1979), Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. Du Bois, 1903), The New Negro (Locke, ed, 1925), Why We Can’t Wait (MLK, Jr, 1964).

UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise & Peril

65325-65437 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM JES A121A

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 301 • African American Culture

30367 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM RLM 5.104
CD (also listed as AMS 315, ANT 310L)

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

 

AFR 381 • Blk Stds Thrys: New Media Age

30585 • Spring 2012
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM CBA 4.340

Black Studies Theories in the New Media Age” will introduce AADS and other graduate students to the work of UT AADS faculty and help disseminate that same body of work to a broader audience via electronic media. The course is grounded in theories and traditions of community engaged, immediately impactful intellectual work in Black Studies. Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of AADS faculty and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive New Media presentation and dissemination effort for AADS scholarship. The New Media presentation will minimally include: 1) an AADS Facebook page, 2) a Twitter account, 3) a series of 6-8 minute video recorded talks, and 4) a YouTube channel for the scheduled dissemination of the recorded talks and other intellectual work of the AADS community.

UGS 303 • Education And Black America

63720-63730 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM ART 1.110

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 301 • African American Culture

30140 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 4.104
CD (also listed as AMS 315, ANT 310L)

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

 

UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise & Peril

65390-65445 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM ART 1.102

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 301 • African American Culture

30400 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM UTC 4.134
CD (also listed as AMS 315, ANT 310L)

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

 

UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise & Peril

64790-64845 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM ART 1.102

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

UGS 303 • Us Public Ed: Promise & Peril

67160-67170 • Fall 2008
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PAR 203

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

AFR 374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

35810 • Spring 2008
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM SZB 370

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AFR 374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

36515 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM SZB 240

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AFR 374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

36035 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM SZB 278

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AFR S374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

84627 • Summer 2006
Meets MTTHF 10:00AM-1:00PM SZB 296

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AFR 301 • African American Culture

31826 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM UTC 1.102

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

 

ANT 324L • Anthropol Of Race And Educatn

27177 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM JES A218A

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ANT 324L • Race/Sport In Afr Amer Life

27261 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM RAS 313A

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