• University of Illinois, Ed.D. in Technology Education and Counseling Psychology, 1989 
  • University of Illinois, M.Ed. in Education, 1979 
  • University of Illinois, B.S. in Practical Arts Education, 1977


  • Became Dean of the School of Technology as of July 1, 1998. 
  • Faculty of Consulting Examiners, Charter Oaks State College (CT), 1994 - 2000. 
  • Assoc. Professor & Chair, Technology Education, Central Connecticut State University, 1992 - 1998. 
  • Asst. Professor of Organizational Leadership & Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University, 1/1990-7/1992. 
  • Visiting Asst. Professor, Dept. of Vocational & Technical Educ., University of Illinois, 1989-1990. 
  • Research Assistant, Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education, University of Illinois, 1987-1989. 
  • Visiting Specialist in Education, Vocational Education Service, University of Illinois, 1986-87. 
  • Chair of Technology Education, Londonderry (NH) High School, 1985-1986 
  • Classroom Teacher from 1977 - 1985 in two high schools in Illinois.


  • Dr. Foster is author and co-author of more than 30 articles, booklets, and book chapters. 
  • In 1999, he served as Editor of the Curriculum Briefs Series for the International Technology Education Association. 


  • For the 12 years prior to coming to ISU as Dean, Dr. Foster actively consulted with business and industry. Clients have included Moore Medical (Strategic Planning), Lacey Corporation (Train the Trainer), Radiall Corporation (Train the Trainer), Locknetics Security Engineering (needs analysis and quality), IPC Information Systems (supervision & project management), EIS Brake Parts (needs analysis, team building), and Imperial Spring (training materials), Caterpillar's Large Engine Center, Illinois Power, Fourslide, FFR Research, University of Illinois and others. He provides consultation in all aspects of human resource development, as well as total quality management, statistical process control, supervisory skills, and project management. 


  • Editor, Curriculum Brief Series, International Technology Education Association, 1999. 
  • Since 1991, Dr. Foster has served as a member of the editorial boards and as a reviewer for the following journals: The Technology Teacher, Journal for Industrial Teacher Education, and Journal of Technology Education. 
  • Secretary, Council on Technology Teacher Education, 1996 to 1998. 
  • Principal investigator of 6 national grants totaling more than $50,000. 
  • Grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Involved in international education and humanitarian service in Ukraine since 1995; speaks Russian. 


  • Total Quality Management (includes statistical applications, team dynamics and team building, learning companies, and human resource development) 
  • Instructional design and technology 
  • Organizational and personal change
  • Leadership


        Email: tchfost@ruby.indstate.edu
        Office: Technology Building A 108
        Phone: 812/237-3166

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