Ellen Bannister, M.A.

Center for Interdisciplinary Learning and Leadership
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
PO Box 26901, TC 342
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: 405-271-4500 41008
Secondary Phone: 405-361-6898
Email: [email protected]
Login to Update Your Profile
Last Updated: January 04, 2019

Ellen Bannister

Primary Activity Coordinators: Distance Learning
Specialty Resource Contacts: Academic Programs Coordinator
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
Family/Parent/Youth Advocacy
Education: Administration
Education: General
Liberal Arts & Sciences
& General Studies
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Community Advocacy
National Training Directors' Council



Ellen Bannister is a mother of two children with developmental disabilities. She is Academic Programs Coordinator of the Center for Learning and Leadership/ Oklahoma UCEDD at the OU College of Medicine. Her formal training was in the humanities, but her life experience of caring for children with developmental disabilities has inspired her current work: improving access to high-quality health care for people with developmental disabilities.

Ellen Bannister received her Bachelor's and Master's degree in English literature at the University of Kansas. She completed her coursework for a Ph.D. at Boston University. Before joining the Center for Learning and Leadership staff, she taught at the University of Oklahoma for many years. In 2013, she received the Integrity Apex Award from the University of Oklahoma Integrity Council for her work in fostering high-quality scholarship and promoting academic integrity. In 2014, Ellen received the Emerging Leaders Scholarship to the AUCD national convention. Currently, she acts as liaison for the UCEDD's academic partners and the OU School of Medicine Faculty.