Mary Banas,
Design Education

An ongoing record of teaching & related activities, 2007–now.


My approach to pedagogy is to be radically human. Empathy, compassion, and humility rule my classroom practice. As tools and technology increasingly influence our thoughts and behaviors, asking how we can be more human—relational, emotional, messy—is extremely relevant.

I cultivate these tenants in the learning environment by enabling experimentation, supporting risk-taking, and encouraging self-reliance.


Make room. Surround yourself with who you want to be. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Think through making. Get to the edge of what you know (and jump). Learn to unlearn. Relationships matter. Believe in your ideas. It should feel fun. Make a way somehow.


Advising, critical reviews, co-teaching, college and university service, committees, community building, course writing, creating links, feminist pedogogy, hiring instructors & critics, intersectionality, panel talks, parties, program vision, study abroad, teaching across ages and levels of experience, teaching MFA and BFA students, workshops.