Bea Banu has served in multiple roles at the New School, from administrative to faculty positions, and at Parsons The New School for Design, Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College, and the School of Public Engagement. Her introduction to the New School began after graduation from City College, City University of New York when she took continuing education courses in 1966. Ten years later, in 1976, she joined the faculty of Parsons as a part-time professor teaching Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics. At Parsons, she held various administrative roles including academic advisor, chair of Liberal Studies, associate dean, and assistant provost. She was appointed the second dean of Eugene Lang College in 1993, and helped secure its growth and longevity. After ten years as dean, Banu became a faculty member in the undergraduate program of the New School for Public Engagement (often referred to as the "founding division") and, eventually, dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies in the division of Public Engagement.
Independent study oral history project on New School history