McNair Scholars Program

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Amber J. Banks, Ph.D.

Program Director, SMU McNair Scholars Program
Office: 214.768.3524/214.768.2428


Amber J. Banks, Ph.D. is Director of SMU’s McNair Scholars Program. Her unique and innovative leadership have brought great success to the rigorous, research-driven program by providing student-faculty collaboration in undergraduate research and scholarly endeavors. She promotes evidence based, transformative practices, and personal growth that engages faculty and staff mentorships,as well as promotes student’s intellectual independence. She serves on the Engaged Learning committees include global initiative(s), faculty and mentor concerns.

Prior to her appointment with SMU, Amber was a professor of Behavioral Science instructing college and university courses in Sociology and Psychology at Concordia University and Austin Community College in Austin, Texas.

She is an alumna of Texas A&M University –Commerce, where she earned her Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D.

For more information, contact our office by:

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  • Phone: 214-768-3531
  • Mailing Address:
    McNair Scholars Program
    Harold Clark Simmons Hall
    6401 Airline Road, Suite 201
    Dallas, TX 75205
Amber J. Banks, Ph.D.