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. She 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 in diversifying the faculty, staff, and student body, with an emphasis on recruitment, retention, and progression. She works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students across 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 was a Fellow in the Big 10 Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program. She has earned numerous awards including 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 also holds the Minority Access National Role Model Award.
A nationally prominent and award-winning Professor of Communication and Africana studies, Dr. Coleman’s scholarship focuses on identity and media studies, and effective intercultural communication. Her current research focuses on the NAACP’s participation in media activism.