Ivan Banks, ED.D.

Dr. Banks comes to Cheyney University from New Jersey City University (NJCU) where he served first as the Assistant Dean and subsequently as the Dean of the College Education.  Prior to his tenure at NJCU, he served at Jackson State University (Mississippi) as Associate Dean, Acting Dean, and NCATE Coordinator.  He has also held positions as department chairperson and Director of Supervised Teaching at Kentucky State University, and coordinator of the Micro Teaching Lab at the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Banks was a Fulbright Scholar who studied the educational systems of Singapore and Malaysia and a Distinguished Faculty Member in the Summer Teachers’ Institute sponsored by Florida International University in Miami and Grenada, West Indies.

He received his BA degree from Case Western Reserve University; M.Ed from John Carroll University; and, Ed. D. from the University of Kentucky.  He has published articles in the area of diversity and institutional infra-structure and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. His most recent publication, Looking Behind the Increasing Achievement Gap, appears in the The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, that was released this summer, 2008. Dr. Banks has written and directed several federal, state, and foundation-sponsored grant projects.  He currently serves as the NJCU coordinator for the New Jersey Consortium for Urban Education—an innovative alternate route program involving four universities, three urban school districts, and the state department of education.

Dr. Banks has extensive experience with assessment and accreditation as a member of the NCATE Board of Examiners and evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  He was also appointed by the New Jersey Commissioner of Higher Education to the New Jersey Taskforce on Higher Education that was charged to revise the program approval process for colleges and universities offering programs to prepare teachers and other professional school personnel. Dr. Banks lead the effort to fully develop an assessment system that embraced both initial and advanced programs—an effort that resulted in full and unconditional recognition from NCATE.  In leaving New Jersey, Dr. Banks leaves his position as the President-Elect of the New Jersey Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.