Coleman, Mary Ruth

Mary Ruth Coleman

Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist, Emeritus, at the FPG Child Development Institute, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She directs Project U-STAR~PLUS (Using Science, Talents and Abilities to Recognize Students – Promoting Learning in Underrepresented Students).  Her projects have included: ACCESS (Achievement in Content and Curriculum for Every Student’s Success, a National Significance Project funded by OSEP and applications of RtI for young children through the Recognition & Response Project sponsored by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.  Dr. Coleman has numerous publications including the 14th Edition of the seminal textbook, “Educating Exceptional Children” by Samuel A. Kirk, James J. Gallagher, Mary Ruth Coleman (2015).  She has served three terms on the Board of Directors for the Association for Gifted (TAG), one of which she was President; three terms on the Board of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC); and two terms on the Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).  She was president of the CEC in 2007.

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Senior Scientist, Emeritus


FPG Child Development Institute

Primary Role: 

Training/TA Provider/Consultant/Faculty

Primary Affiliation: 

Institute of Higher Education