Pierre W. Banks, EdD
Dr. Banks joined UTMB in 2019 and currently serves as the Assistant Dean, Admissions & Recruitment and John Sealy School of Medicine. Dr. Banks also has an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, teaching implicit bias, health equity, and multiculturalism. During his tenure at UTMB, he has worked with students as a Senior Learning Specialist, led faculty development related to cultural competence, and chaired the school’s first curriculum committee anti-racist task force focused on inclusive curriculum and pedagogy. Dr. Banks has a wide variety of higher education experience, including academic advising, admissions, career counseling, orientation, international admissions, multicultural affairs, retention, student conduct, and student activities.
Dr. Banks was born on the Southside of Chicago, IL, and grew up near Grand Rapids, MI. He is an alumnus of Central Michigan University, earning a BA in Organizational Communication with minors in Leadership and Dance. Dr. Banks completed a master’s in Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership at Grand Valley State University. While working full-time as a Hall Director and Health Professional Advisor, he completed a Doctor of Education with an emphasis on Leadership Studies at Bowling Green State University.
Before joining the faculty at UTMB, he served as an Instructor, Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Records, Director of Minority Male Success Programs, DEI Trainer, and Organizational Development Consultant. His research interests include generational differences, implicit bias, multicultural curriculum, and educational assessment. Dr. Banks is certified as Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator, QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator.