Tachelle I. Banks, Ph.D., is the Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Cleveland State University, the Chairperson for the Department of Teacher Education, and Professor of Special Education in the College of Education, Health and Human Services. Dr. Banks earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies from Ohio University, Masters of Education degree from Kent State University, Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education from Kent State University.
Dr. Banks’ research focuses on the role that culture and ethnicity play in emotional competency development and instruction. She is the Executive Managing Editor of Multicultural Learning and Teaching a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed international journal devoted to the education of people with diverse multicultural life experiences. She has more than 40 publications including books, book chapters, and journal articles and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.
Teaching in Cleveland keeps her grounded in her work with high need, urban schools, where she prepares educators for the complexities and demands of the teaching profession. Dr. Banks is dedicated to urban education, special education, educator preparation reform and bridging the gap between research and practice.