Tanice Foltz portrait

Tanice Foltz

Professor, Director

Lindenwood Hall 208

Dr. Foltz is a Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS). She has won the IU Founder’s Day Teaching Award and several IU Trustees’ Teaching Awards and was awarded the Sylvia E. Bowman Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2013. She recently won the IUN Diversity Advocate Award.

Dr. Foltz has been with IUN since 1989, first as a part-timer, teaching Social Movements and Juvenile Delinquency, and she was hired in a tenure track position in 1990. She has taught Principles of Sociology, Deviant Behavior and Social Control, Women and Deviance, Women and Crime, Women and Religion, Introduction to Women’s Studies, Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Qualitative Research Methods, Research Methods in the Social Sciences,  Statistics I and II, and she has been the Sociology Internship Coordinator and supervisor of the Women’s and Gender Studies Practicum experience.

Dr. Foltz’s areas of specialization include research methods, gender issues, deviance, diversity, social psychology, religion, and victimization. She has conducted research and published about middle class prostitution, alternative healing, and marginalized religions such as Witchcraft, Goddess spirituality and paganism, and facilitated drumming circles as they are used to create community, healing, and spiritual connection. She is interested in conducting research on the effects of the DRUMBEAT™ program with students who have experienced trauma or abuse.

She is currently conducting the IUN Student Victimization Survey with her collaborator, Monica Solinas-Saunders, and their student research team. They plan to publish the results and use the data to apply for a large grant to provide needed services at IU Northwest. As WGS Director, Tanice coordinates event programming for the Hass-Birky Women’s Center, contributes to Diversity programming, and organizes the annual Women’s and Gender Studies “Celebrating Our Students” research conference.

Mailing Address

IU Northwest
3400 Broadway 
Lindenwood Hall 208
Gary, Indiana 46408

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
Contact for Appointment

Email Address


Phone Number

(219) 980-6786


Sociology & Anthropology