Ronel Foster was a lecturer in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the Stellenbosch University from 1987 to 2014. Her doctoral dissertation dealing with postmodern poetry focused specifically on Die Heengaanrefrein by Wilma Stockenström. Her research on comparative literature (Afrikaans, Dutch, Flemish) has led to two international academic publications, Over grenzen / Oor grense (2009) and Toenadering (2012), for which she acted as main and co-editor respectively. Her volume of poetry, Skoop, was awarded the Eugène Marais Prize by the South African Academy for Science and Arts. She is the co-anthologist of Poskaarte. Beelde van die Afrikaanse poësie sedert 1960 and Nuwe stemme 4. She, furthermore, is (or was) a founder member of the Literary Support Committee, chief organiser of the Creative Writing Workshops of SU, member of the Cape Forum for Dutch Studies and member of the Ingrid Jonker Prize committee.