Title: Clinical Associate Professor of Art Education
Company: Oklahoma State University College of Education
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
Gayla C. Foster, Clinical Associate Professor of Art Education at Oklahoma State University College of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music instruction and performance.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Foster has excelled in music instruction. Since 2016 she has been distinguished as a clinical associate professor and Audrey Oaks Endowed Art Education Professor with the College of Education and Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. In addition, she designed “Around the World in 10 Days,” a summer arts camp for children in the third to fifth grades in collaboration with Oklahoma State University’s art department in 2017. Dr. Foster obtained a Bachelor of Music in 1969 and Master of Music in piano performance in 1971 from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and completed coursework with the University of Southern California from 1971 to 1973 and later earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. She provided superior community service with her own piano instruction studio from 1974 to 2014 in Stillwater, where she served as an instructor of music theory and chorus with the C.E. Donart High School from 1974 to 1978.
Dr. Foster further worked as the fine arts curriculum coordinator for the Stillwater Public Schools from 1997 to 1998, the director of arts with the Oklahoma State Department of Education from 1998 to 2001 and the vice-president and director of programs with the Oklahoma Arts Institute from 2001 to 2004. In 2005, she began her career in the College of Education as a visiting assistant professor in art education at Oklahoma State University. From 2013 to 2019, Dr. Foster made an impact as secondary education program coordinator with the OSU College of Education. In addition to instruction, she has also thrived as a pianist and has performed solo recitals at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Dr. Foster was further acknowledged as a selected recitalist in the International Workshop for the Arts in Europe in 1992. She attributes her success to her love and passion for both art and music and considers her most notable achievement working with her university students in the OSU College of Education since 2005.
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