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About Mel Coleman

Mel D. Coleman is an Associate Program Professor and Program Coordinator for the Department of Educational Leadership and School Administration at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University. He previously served as Director of Academic and Faculty Support and program professor of Educational Leadership at Abraham S. Fischler School of Education, Nova Southeastern University. He also served as a site administrator at the Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach location. He has served as deputy superintendent at Palm Beach School District in Palm Beach County, Florida. He served as executive director of accountability in the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas; as deputy superintendent in Columbus, Ohio; and Superintendent for eight years in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science degree from Ohio University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College of Columbia University. Coleman has been a teacher, counselor, principal and curriculum director in the public schools. He has also been an adjunct professor of curriculum and instruction at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. He is currently teaching instructional and educational leadership, coordinating internships, and working with the Graduate Teacher Education and the doctoral programs at Abraham S. Fischler College of Education.


January 2018 - Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Abraham S. Fischler College of Education
January 2018 - Present Program Coordinator for the Educational Leadership and School Administration Program, Nova Southeastern University Department of Curriculum and Instruction
July 2000 - Present Director for Doctoral Instructional Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
July 2000 - Present Professor in Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
2000 - 2017 Program Professor, Nova Southeastern University
2009 - June 2015 Director of Academic and Faculty Support Site Administrator, Nova Southeastern University


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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, American Association of School Administrators
Member, American Association of School Administrators Minority Affairs Committee
Member, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Member, Buckeye Association of School Administrators
Member, Business Development Board Palm Beach County- PACE Committee
Secretary, Career Source- Palm Beach County Executive Committee
Vice President, Communities In-Schools of Central Texas
Member, Education Partnership Foundation
Member, First Job/ First Wages Committee- Workforce Alliance Palm Beach
Vice Chairman, Gulf Stream Council- Boy Scouts Executive Committee
Member, High Skills/ High Wages Committee
Coordinator, I/D/E/A Fellows Institute, Agnes Scott College
Member, Internetcoast Economic Development Alliance- Education Committee
Member, National Middle School Association
Member, National Middle School- Teacher Preparation Committee
Member, Phi Delta Kappa
Board Member, Texas Capital Area Workforce
Member, The Horace Mann League
Vice President, The Ohio State Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa
Chair, University of Dayton- Project SHARE
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Honors and Awards

  • Recognized member of Phi Delta Kappa
  • Samuel L. Hicks, Outstanding Leadership in American Education
  • Alternative Programs in Ohio Educator of the Year
  • Ohio Middle School Regional Educator Award
  • National Middle School Association President's Board Award
  • YMCA Member of the Year
  • Children's Theater Foundation President's Award
  • The Ohio House of Representative Outstanding Educator Recognition
  • Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator


B.S., Education, Ohio State University
Ed.D., Educational Administration, Teachers College at Columbia University
M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling Administration, Ohio University

Contact Information

(561) 805-2120


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