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Joy Banks Elected to CEC Board of Directors

Headshot of Dr. Joy Banks

Joy Banks, Ph.D., was recently elected to the CEC Board of Directors and began her term in January 2021. She is Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Associate Professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

She has 17 years of experience teaching, conducting research, and holding senior-level administrative positions in higher education. Banks is a member of several CEC Divisions, including the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL), Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD), Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES), and the Teacher Education Division (TED).

She received the Wells Fargo Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Teaching Award in 2017. The award is given to academic faculty members who have inspired their former students to create an organization that is a “benefit to the community at large.” A former student of hers started a statewide parent advocacy organization for parents of children with disabilities.

“My research agenda, publications and service activities are seamlessly interconnected and have remained on target with the critical issues currently facing the future of diverse learners,” Banks says. “Serving on the CEC Board of Directors presents a unique opportunity to bring together differing perspectives about ways to positively shift the deficit narrative about learners with exceptionalities, influence curriculum expectations that shape teacher education, and presents the opportunity to attract more teachers to the profession.”

Banks earned her Doctoral degree in Special Education at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and her Master of Education degree in Literacy, Language and Learning Disabilities at the University of Michigan. She also earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Hearing Impaired Education from Eastern Michigan University.

Posted:  1 March, 2021

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