Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman is Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, and a Professor in the Department of Communication, at Texas A&M University. Dr. Coleman is charged with implementing the University Diversity Plan, thereby leading efforts in accountability, climate, and equity. She also provides strategic and scholarly leadership on practices and measures that advance diversity and inclusion progress on behalf of faculty, staff, and students, with an emphasis on recruitment, retention, and progression. She works collaboratively with Texas A&M’s 16 colleges and schools, two branch campuses, Health Science Center, and University Libraries.
She is a graduate of the American Council on Education Leadership Academy, the University of California-Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy, and the National Intergroup Dialogue Institute. Dr. Coleman earned a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She was a Fellow at the Harvard Institute for Education Management. She was also a Fellow in the Big 10 Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program.
Dr. Coleman has earned numerous awards. She is the recipient of the John Dewey Award for undergraduate education, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Outstanding Mentor Award, and the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the University of Michigan, as well as recognition from New York University School of Education for teaching excellence. She is the recipient of the Minority Access National Role Model Award, the Chatman Women’s Foundation Icon Award, and the Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc. “Commitment to Excellence” Award. She currently holds the Texas A&M/College of Liberal Arts Cornerstone Faculty Fellowship.
An internationally prominent and award-winning scholar, Dr. Coleman’s research examines African Americans and media, as well as effective intercultural communication. She has published five books, over 35 articles/chapters/essays, and delivered over 160 conference presentations, workshops, and invited talks. Her current project focuses on the NAACP’s participation in media activism.
Before coming to Texas A&M University, Dr. Coleman was on the faculty at the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. At the University of Michigan, she served as Associate Dean of Social Sciences in the Rackham Graduate School, as well as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies.
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