John Coleman


Senior Lecturer

Criminal Justice & Sociology

Dr. J. Eric Coleman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology and the graduate program coordinator for the MSCJ degree program at the University of North Texas at Dallas. Dr. Coleman has over 30 years of traditional police experience, having served in various positions of police leadership. He is the former Associate Vice President of Campus Safety and Security and the University Police Chief at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Texas A&M University System’s Police Chiefs Council and was a member of the Executive Board (Secretary) of the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators. Dr. Coleman is a published author in campus safety and security after having published (2014) the textbook Managing Campus Safety and Security in Higher Education.

Dr. Coleman’s teaching and research focuses on police leadership, recruiting, police policy and management, and mental health in the administration of justice. In addition, Dr. Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree in political science and public administration from Midwestern State University, and a Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice Education. Dr. Coleman’s most recent publications and grant work include "Factors that Influence Urban Recruits' Persistence to Pursue Police Careers in a Negative Occupational Climate" published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education ( 2024) and in collaboration as Co-PI with the National Policing Institute and the National Institute of Justice on a grant funded project “Multi-Modal Analysis of Body Worn Camera Recordings: Evaluating Novel Methods of Measuring Police Implementation of Procedural Justice”.