Mary Ruth Coleman

Mary Ruth Coleman
Mary Ruth Coleman
Senior Scientist Emerita
Sheryl-Mar South, Room 155
Campus Box 8185
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185

Dr. Coleman's research focuses on students with exceptional learning needs, in particular, students with learning disabilities and students with gifts. She has directed several FPG projects including Project U-STARS~PLUS (Using Science, Talents, and Abilities to Recognize Students ~ Promoting Learning for Under-Represented Students) and Project ACCESS (Achievement in Content and Curriculum for Every Student's Success). She was Co-Principal Investigator for the Early Learning Disabilities Initiative and, from 1994 to 1998, she Co-Directed North Carolina's Statewide Technical Assistance for Gifted Education Center. Prior to this she was Associate Director of the Gifted Education Policy Studies Program at the Frank Porter Graham Center.

Dr. Coleman has numerous publications including the 13th edition of the seminal textbook, Educating Exceptional Children, with co-authors Samuel A. Kirk, James J. Gallagher, and Nicholas J. Anastasiow. Dr. Coleman served three terms on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Gifted (TAG), one of which she was President, and three terms on the Board of the National Association for Gifted Children. She also has served as President of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Dr. Coleman began her career as a teacher in public and private elementary schools, with both regular classroom and special education assignments.