Finnie Coleman

Department: English

Dr. Finnie Coleman is President of the Faculty Senate at the University of New Mexico where he teaches courses in African American literature and culture.  An American Council on Education Fellow (ACE), Dr. Coleman has served UNM as Interim Dean of University College, Director of American Literary Studies, and Director of Africana Studies. In the community, Dr. Coleman is a Founding Member and Board Chairman of the ACES Tech Charter School, served for many years on the Governing Board of Amy Biehl High School in Albuquerque, and is Special Advisor to the New Mexico Black History Month Organizing Committee.   For 20 years, Dr. Coleman has served as a higher education consultant specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion on college campuses.  He is a Co-Founder of the Dellsly Group, a non-profit organization that houses Conexiónes Africanas, Conexiónes Indigenas, and Visible Education Solutions.  Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Coleman served as an Army Intelligence Officer during the Persian Gulf War in Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.  He earned his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and his BA from the Virginia Military Institute.  He is married to fellow UNM faculty member Dr. Doris Careaga Coleman.  They have two children, Anelé and Finnie, both students at Bosque School.  Dr. Coleman also coaches soccer teams for Bosque’s lower school.