Rebecca Coleman

Professor of Social Work recoleman@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BS in Music Therapy from Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
MSW from Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
DSW from St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis- St. Paul, MN
Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), Indiana


Dr. Rebecca Coleman brings almost 30 years of experience in social work education and clinical practice to Southeastern University.  From 1999 to 2009, she was the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Field Coordinator at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. From 2010 to 2018, she directed the BSW Program at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN. At both institutions, she successfully participated in the reaffirmation of accreditation of the BSW Programs. Her areas of academic interest include institutional assessment, faculty development of team-based teaching, and interprofessional collaborations across disciplines.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Coleman was a licensed clinical social worker where she provided mental health services to children, families, and women who were referred through the court system. Her treatment focused on the use of play and filial therapy to promote healing from abuse, neglect, and interpersonal violence. She was trained as a solution-focused, brief therapist who advocated for the human and social well-being of her clients.

Dr. Coleman is certified as a Project-Based Learning (PBL) instructor and integrates team-based and experiential learning into her courses.  To Dr. Coleman, the academic, professional, and career development of her students is of utmost importance. Dr. Coleman teaches graduate courses in leadership, administration, and program evaluation.