Hardin Coleman Named New Dean of BU’s School of Education

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Boston – A leading University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) educator and psychologist who specializes in preparing school counselors for culturally diverse settings was named dean of Boston University’s School of Education (SED).

UW’s Hardin L. K. Coleman, Ph.D., the associate dean of Wisconsin’s School of Education since 2004, and a professor of Counseling Psychology, will succeed Dean ad interim Charles Glenn when he assumes SED’s helm in July, announced BU Provost David K. Campbell. Dr. Glenn, professor and chairman of Educational Administration and Policy, and the former director of Urban Education and Equity Efforts for the Massachusetts Department of Education, will remain on the SED faculty.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Hardin Coleman to Boston University as the dean of the School of Education,” said BU President Robert A. Brown. “With his leadership we will further enhance our legacy of quality educational programs, research, and community engagement that define a school of education in a great urban research university.”

Dr. Coleman’s research has focused on the development of school-based interventions that support the academic achievement of culturally diverse youth, while his teaching has concentrated on equipping students and professionals to effectively counsel and serve the needs of culturally diverse children and adolescents.

“Dr. Coleman is an outstanding educator and professional whose experience, scholarship and training epitomize Boston University’s long history of engagement with the community, and the School of Education’s tradition of direct involvement in public schools,” said Campbell. “He is also a scholar who can help guide and facilitate research within SED. With his knowledge, vision and fresh perspective, we anticipate that SED will flourish in its civic role and its students will reflect its global character. We look forward to Dr. Coleman’s arrival.”

Coleman, a graduate of Williams College, earned a Masters in Counseling from the University of Vermont and a Doctorate in Counseling from Stanford University. He joined the department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor in 1991. He served as chair of the UW’s Counseling Psychology department for one year, and was appointed associate dean for Continuing Studies and Multicultural Initiatives at UW’s School of Education in 2006.

“I am very excited about helping the School of Education become a national model for how to integrate science and practice, how to understand how technological advances need to be integrated into the practice of education, how to train teachers who can effectively addresses the challenges of working in an increasingly diverse and global society, and how to become deeply involved in the ongoing professional development of teachers,” said Coleman.

“I would like to make being an educator as attractive as becoming a lawyer, geneticist or engineer. One way to reward individuals who choose education is to reduce the financial sacrifice through supporting their training years. One of the great opportunities in this position will be developing relationships and partnerships with other institutions such as the Boston Public Schools, other Schools of Education, as well as the business and social service communities.”

He has co-edited three books: Handbook of Multicultural Competencies (2003); The Intersection of Race, Class and Gender: Implications for Multicultural Counseling (2001); and Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Assessment, Education & Training, and Supervision (1997). A fourth co-edited book, Handbook on School Counseling, will be published soon.

Before returning to school for his doctorate, Coleman spent 10 years as a high school religion teacher and school counselor in Quaker schools. During that time, he launched several religious education programs and developed a counseling program for the Westtown (Penn.) School.

He has also published numerous articles appearing in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The School Counselor, the Psychological Bulletin, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, among many.

Established in 1918, Boston University’s School of Education serves a diverse student body of 400 undergraduate and 600 graduate students, 112 of whom are pursuing the doctoral degree. It has 52 full-time faculty, numerous adjunct faculty, and 40 staff. In addition to a significant focus on preparing education professionals, the school is regarded highly for programs in the fields of literacy, mathematics education, deaf studies, international educational development, special education and science education. It is further distinguished by its productive partnerships with local school districts, most notably in Chelsea, Mass.