Professor & Dean Emeritus
Director, Center for Character & Social Responsibility
Dr. Hardin L.K. Coleman is a professor of counseling psychology & applied human development at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. He prepares professional school counselors to apply an ecological systems perspective to their work. He is faculty director for the Center for Character & Social Responsibility and the Center for World Education.
As dean of the college (2008 to 2017), Dr. Coleman focused on how a school and university can use research to refine the practice of education through training educators and partnerships with schools. He has published in journals such as the Counseling Psychologist and the Professional School Counselor. He has co-edited several handbooks, including The Handbook of School Counseling and The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender in Multicultural Counseling. He currently serves on the Boston Public School Committee.
Dr. Coleman began his career as a secondary school educator, was trained as a school counselor at the University of Vermont and as a counseling psychologist at Stanford University. Prior to joining BU, he held positions as a professor and associate dean of outreach and multicultural initiatives at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
PhD, Counseling, Stanford University
MEd, Counseling, University of Vermont
BA, Williams College
Current Research Projects
Nellie Mae Foundation (Role: Leadership Team and Co-Chair of the Thriving Family Leverage Team) “Massachusetts Systems Change Initiative”
Hewlett Packard Foundation (Role: Steering Committee and Chair of the Systems Change and Education Improvement Team) “Equity in Civics”
Kern Family Foundation (Role: PI) “Kern Family Partners in Character Education and Leadership”
Wilderness Way Project is a philanthropic effort to provide access to wilderness experiences for adolescents from Title I districts. (Role: Project Director)
Our Seminar in Education is a philanthropic effort to engage community thoughts leaders in a deep conversation of how to improve school’s ability to serve ALL children. (Role: Seminar Facilitator)
Coleman, H.L.K., (2020). Character, civic and social emotional learning education. Conference Proceedings: Future of Education (10th Ed.). Florence, Italy: Liberia Universitaria.
Coleman, H.L.K., Gibbons, L., Tichnor-Wagner, A. (2020). Research practice partnerships and school improvement. Conference Proceedings: Future of Education (10th Ed.). Florence, Italy: Liberia Universitaria.
Coleman, H.L.K., Griffith, K.C., Coleman, A.K.G., (2020). Educator Diversity and Student Accomplishment. Conference Proceedings: Future of Education (10th Ed.). Florence, Italy: Liberia Universitaria.
Coleman, H.L.K. (2019) Developmental guidance and student acquisition of social competence. Conference Proceedings: Future of Education (9th Ed.). Florence, Italy: Liberia Universitaria.
Coleman, H.L.K., (2018) Getting to great, for all. Conference Proceedings: Future of Education (8th Ed.). Florence, Italy: Liberia Universitaria.
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.