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Expert Profile


Donna Banks






Position Type:


New York

United States of America

Years in the field:

11 – 15 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, After-School Programs, Camp Programs, Curatorial/Collections, Development/Sponsorship/Institutional Advancement, Distance/Digital Learning, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Access, Docent Programs, Education, Events, Exhibits development, Explainer/guide, Grants/Foundational Giving, Intern Programs, Marketing & Communications, Senior Leadership, Operations, Outreach and Public Engagement, Partnerships, Project Management, Professional Development, Research & Evaluation, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Theaters, Volunteer Programs, Youth/Teen Programs, Other

Dissertation title: “Race”, history, and the African Caribbean diaspora:

identity and representation in Bristol, England


Educational highlights: humanities, visual anthropology, art history, museology, history, and English


Publication: Living Embodiments: Artistic Expressions of Being, a collection of essays (Parish Art Gallery, Washington, DC 2006)



  • Art and educational outreach
  • Public programming
  • Experienced researcher
  • Strategic planning
  • Project management


  • Budget oversight
  • Curriculum development
  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Public speaking


  • Event organization
  • Organizational & analytical skills
  • Technologically proficient
  • International experience
  • Intermediate level of Spanish


Non-Teaching Experience:

Maternity cover for the Assistant Director – Baruch College, Research Foundation, NY, NY                                      11/2019 – 08/2020

  • Participated in administration of all Global Programs courses and projects
  • Managed, marketed, and monitored program activities
  • Assisted in scheduling and staffing courses
  • Assisted in recruitment, hiring, training, and management of faculty, staff, and interns
  • Created work plans and timelines
  • Facilitated training sessions for faculty and students
  • Represented the department in meetings with current and prospective students
  • Provided advisement and support to domestic and international students
  • Developed courses and curriculum for international students


Director of programming – Iconic Black Britons, Bristol, UK                                                                                               06/2018 – 06/2020

  • Developed business plan and designed website
  • Conducted research and developed a 5-year strategy for newly created arts and culture social enterprise
  • Created programming and led workshops
  • Developed strategic partnerships and cultivated relationships within the community
  • Engaged in fundraising through grant writing and building relationships with sponsors


Project Coordinator – National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA                                                                              04/2006 – 06/2007

  • Managed civic literacy program, planned events, and maintained websites
  • Collaborated with colleagues and developed curriculum and public programming
  • Evaluated grant proposals, tracked progress of grant-funded projects, wrote follow-up reports
  • Developed, organized, and led professional development workshops


Teaching Experience:

English language instructor – ST GILES INTERNATIONAL, NY, NY                                                                                   06/2019 – 11/2019

  • Prepared curriculum and taught a variety of courses including general English, exam preparation, and business skills
  • Increased student engagement and interaction by incorporating collaborative learning into classroom interactions
  • Led cultural tours for international students


Associate professor - UNIVERSITY POMPEU FABRA, Barcelona, Spain                                                                               12/2015 – 05/2018

  • Designed and delivered courses for students preparing to take the International English Language Testing System Examination (IELTS) and the Cambridge Advanced English Examination (CAE)
  • Prepared, oversaw, and evaluated mock international exams and provided individual feedback
  • Oversaw university placement testing and maintained strict confidentiality of records
  • Collaborated with colleagues to develop training and assessment materials


Associate professor - UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA, Barcelona, Spain                                                                                11/2016 – 3/2017

  • Taught postcolonial literature with an emphasis on diasporic authors
  • Aided students in evaluating, interpreting, and synthesizing outside sources fluidly into their writing to support thesis statements


Writer, Editor, Educator – FREELANCE, Düsseldorf, Germany  09/2012 – 07/2015

  • Conducted research and wrote articles for artists
  • Provided support to language training and assessment centers
  • Proofread and edited documentation and presentations for multinational corporations


Assistant professor – GYEONGJU UNIVERSITY, Gyeongju, South Korea                                                                             10/2009 – 06/2012

  • Taught English for Academic Purposes
  • Collaborated with colleagues to develop training and assessment materials
  • Tutored students needing additional assistance


Adjunct professor - STRAYER UNIV., Washington, DC 06/2008 – 08/2009

  • Taught introductory and upper level courses in cultural anthropology, sociology, and black American history
  • Organized guest speakers and class outings to cultural institutions


Adjunct professor – DREXEL UNIV., Philadelphia, PA 09/2005 – 05/2008

  • Taught introductory and upper level courses in cultural anthropology, food anthropology, sociology, and Caribbean & Latin American history
  • Organized out-of-class excursions to broaden student social awareness


Adjunct professor - TEMPLE UNIV., Philadelphia, PA              09/2004 – 12/2007

  • Taught introductory and upper level courses in cultural anthropology
  • Implemented diverse approaches to ensure academic success
  • Organized out-of-class excursions to broaden student social awareness


Freelance Activity:

  • Co-founder | D+C Contemporary, an online art gallery, and blog
  • Interviewed | artists and wrote articles and essays
  • Co-directed | and produced international art performances to raise money for local nonprofits
  • Developed | content and designed websites using Squarespace
  • Marketed | events via social media and traditional media



  • Art Management Intern, Harmony Hall Art Gallery, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Education Intern, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • Conservation Intern, National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resource Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC



  • PhD, Philology, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (expected: June 2021)
  • MA, History, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • MA, Art History, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • BA, Art History, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, NV




  • Presented paper, The International Academic Forum: Conference on the City (CITY2017), University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Co-organizer, IPADE: New Films & Visual Media Student Festival, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Session Chair, American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Visual Anthropology
  • Presented paper & Session Chair, Graduate Student Research Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA, Our Research Matters: New Dialogues on Latin America, the Caribbean and Latino Studies
  • Presented paper, 16th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art Howard University, Washington, DC, Canonical Formations: Meanings, Interpretations, Valuations
  • Moderator, 13th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, Howard University, Washington, DC, Collections, Collectors, and Collecting: Patronage and Development of African American Art



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