Contact Information
Phone: 617-353-3213

Educational History

  • Ph.D. in Counseling from Stanford University, 1992
  • M.Ed in Counseling from the University of Vermont, 1980
  • B.A. Williams College, 1975


Dr. Hardin Coleman has spent his career as an educator focused on helping adolescents become effectively engaged citizens. After starting as a religion teacher, counselor, and coach at Quaker Schools in the Philadelphia area and a year teaching at the Shanghai Teachers University in China, Dr. Coleman earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology with a focus on multicultural counseling. He then spent 17 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he trained school counselors, produced research on the role of cultural identity in student achievement, and rose to the position of Associate Dean of Outreach and Multicultural Initiatives in the School of Education.

Since 2008 he has served as Dean in the School of Education at Boston University. In his time at BU he has helped the school to focus on its role of using research to improve the practice of education, preparing educators who are leaders in their schools, and meeting the needs of practicing educators through effective professional development. Dr. Coleman is deeply involved in the improvement of educational opportunities within the Boston area through his service on the External Advisory Council on School Assignment as well as advisory board membership for EdVestors and FUEL – non-profits that are driving change in urban education. He is a Fellow in the Society of Counseling Psychology and has numerous publications. He celebrates 30 years of marriage with Gail Coleman and enjoys watching his sons Jesse and Aaron emerge as the next generation of Colemans engaged in education.

Courses Taught

SED CE 737 Counseling Theory and Philosophy

Selected Publications

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.