Hardin L.K. Coleman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. He is also a Dean Emeritus of the College. As Dean, Dr. Coleman focused on how a school of education within a research university can use research to refine the practice of education, primarily through training educators and partnerships with schools.
Dr. Coleman’s scholarly interests include the socio-cultural factors in minority student achievement and the use of developmental guidance to promote social and emotional intelligence in children. His work has been published in The Counseling Psychologist and The Professional School Counselor, and has co-edited several handbooks including The Handbook of School Counseling and The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender in Multicultural Counseling.
As a teacher, Dr. Coleman is focused on the preparation of professional school counselors. His civic engagement includes serving as Vice Chair of the Boston Public School Committee, and as the Faculty Director for the Center of Character and Social Responsibility and for the Center for School Improvement at Boston University. He is also the editor of the Journal of Education. He has served on the Board of Governors for English High School in Boston, MA, the Westtown School Committee in Westtown, PA., Beijing City International School, Ten Strands in San Francisco, Edvestors, and the Home for Little Wanderers and Inversant in Boston, MA. He has also served as a consultant and trainer for numerous schools and mental health agencies.
Dr. Coleman was educated at Germantown Friends School (’71), Williams College (’75), University of Vermont (’80), and Stanford University, (’92). He has worked at the George School, Abington Friends School, Westtown School, Shanghai Teachers University, Cambridge Hospital, and is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His “North Star” is creating equitable access to high quality learning experiences for all children.
Videos, Talks, and Commentaries
- A Letter to Future Teacher Educators (September 26, 2019)
How young leaders can shape their profession, districts, and institutional of higher learning.
- Ratings & Rankings: What Could They Mean? (March 18, 2016)
How prospective students can use graduate school rankings to help make informed decisions.
- What I Want From Our Next President (October 29, 2015)
How will the next president make education better?
- Role of Schools of Education (April 7, 2015)
Discussing how to create a meaningful and useful School of education.
- Closing the Gap (April 7, 2015)
Identifying strategies to close the achievement gap.
- Technology and Education (March 17, 2015)
Exploring the impact of technology on education.
- Improving America’s Schools (December 2, 2014)
Examining the differences between education systems in the United States and high-performing countries.
- Gap Changing Schools (November 6, 2014)
“Gap changing schools” describe those schools that are working systematically to close the gaps in achievement and opportunity for students in those schools.
- School to Prison Pipeline (November 4, 2014)
The school to prison pipeline is an epidemic that is plaguing schools across the nation as one of our major social and economic problems.
- 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education (May 29, 2014)
The impact of the landmark case and what still needs to be accomplished to help close the achievement gap.
- Dean Coleman to Serve As CADREI President (February 1, 2016)
- Dean Coleman Elected Vice Chair of Boston School Committee (January 7, 2015)
- Dean Coleman Participates in AERA Panel on Cultural Competency (April 4, 2014)
- Boston Superintendent Finalists Face Public Interviews This Week, WBUR (February 23, 2015)
Ph.D. in Counseling from Stanford University, 1992
M.Ed in Counseling from the University of Vermont, 1980
B.A. Williams College, 1975
SED CE 737 Counseling Theory and Philosophy
Casey-Cannon, Shannon L. , Coleman, Hardin L. K. , Knudtson, Laura F. and Velazquez, Carmen C. (2011) ‘Three Ethnic and Racial Identity Measures: Concurrent and Divergent Validity for Diverse Adolescents’,
Identity, 11: 1, 64 — 91
Coleman, H.L.K., & Yeh, C.A., (2008) Handbook on School Counseling. Earlbaum Press, New Jersey.
Coleman, H.L.K, Morris, D., & Norton, R.A. (2006). Developing multicultural counseling competence through the use of portfolios. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.
Coleman, H.L.K. (2004). Toward a well-utilized partnership, The Counseling Psychologist, 32, 216-224.