Susan Coleman of West Hartford was honored at the University of Hartford's 53rd annual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 16, with the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Sustained Service to the University.
Coleman is a professor of finance in the University's Barney School of Business. She is a highly respected professor and scholar known for her extensive research in areas such as small business finance, entrepreneurial finance, and financial literacy. From serving on a wide range of committees to developing partnerships with educational institutions in China, Coleman's efforts on behalf of the University have been remarkable in their scope and achievement.
Coleman has held leadership roles on a variety of committees at the University. She has served as chair of the Barney School's Promotion and Tenure Committee and Strategic Planning Committee; and as a member of the University's Strategic Planning Committee, Budget Advisory Team, Provost Search Committee, and Athletics Council, among others.
In addition, Coleman has been deeply committed to making sure that students have the knowledge and skills to make good financial decisions. Together with financial consultant and adjunct faculty member Mitchell Weiss, Coleman developed a course on personal financial management and established a Center for Personal Financial Responsibility to promote financial literacy.
Currently she is working to forge partnerships between the University of Hartford and universities in China. This spring, Coleman made her second trip to Shandong University of Finance, where she lectured, collaborated with faculty to develop an entrepreneurial finance course, and explored the possibility of short-term study abroad in China for University of Hartford students.