Bonnie Banker

Professor, Academic Dean

Academic Preparation

Bonnie

I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in elementary education. My first teaching position was in a third grade classroom at Mitchell Elementary School in Muncie, Indiana. During that time I began my master’s degree at Ball State University and completed it, receiving an MA in Education. In 1970, I began teaching at Asbury University and subsequently started work on my doctor’s degree. My Ed.D. is from the University of Kentucky in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in reading with additional emphases in linguistics and early childhood education.


Instructional Areas and Professional Interests

Investing my life in Asbury University has brought me as many benefits as I have had to offer. I enjoy my colleagues and the host of students with whom I have had occasion to interact. The opportunity for student impact that teaching provides has provided me great joy. In addition to being a professor, I was chair of the Department of Education and Psychology for eight years followed by four and a half years as Vice President for Academic Affairs. With my colleagues, I was instrumental in starting the graduate education program and have served as its director since its inception in 2000. Over the years at Asbury University I have participated in campus life, such as serving as the class sponsor for the 1976 Pioneers and speaking to various groups. A myriad of faculty committees occupy my time and I am concluding a two-year term as faculty vice chair, which has included serving on the Asbury University Board of Trustees.

At the state level I have served on and chaired several committees for the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and participated and provided leadership in several professional education organizations. A particular interest of mine is accreditation and I have served on board of examiners at both the state and national levels. Also, I currently serve as an examiner for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). I have been actively engaged in developing and implementing our program’s performance assessment system, seeking to ensure the quality of our future educators.

Travels

My childhood years were extremely formative in my love for all peoples and all cultures. I was the child of missionary parents to India for six years of my young life. As a professional adult it has been a delight to be a part of international experiences that included educational endeavors. I have spent time in Puerto Rico, Bolivia, and Kenya. In both my visit to Bolivia and Kenya, the universities were in their infancy and it has been a delight to follow their incredible growth and development. Most recently, I had the opportunity to travel to St. Lucia, West Indies for SACS to examine a program being offered there. It assured again my great love for different cultures and peoples.

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