Jill Coleman
Jill Coleman
Associate Dean College of Sciences and Humanities, Executive Director Coursera Programs, and Professor Geography and Meteorology


Room:NQ 193

Teaching and Research Specialties

Climatology, synoptic meteorology, atmospheric hazards, and applied geography


Jill S. M. Coleman is an Associate Dean in the College of Sciences and Humanities with responsibilities for:

  • Managing college-wide grants and contract activities (including grant proposal reviews)
  • College communications and marketing
  • Institutional effectiveness and assessment (program review, annual reports, accreditation, student learning assessment, University Assessment Committee)
  • College Promotion and Tenure Committee (organize revision and submission of P&T documents for tenure track and non-tenure line faculty, review of candidates and appeals)
  • Credit, non-credit and alternative credentials program development

Dr. Coleman has served on numerous committees across the university, including committees for Promotion and Tenure at the University and College level, Graduate Education, and Financial and Budgetary Affairs. Her research focuses on the impacts of large-scale atmospheric teleconnection patterns (e.g., El Niño-Southern Oscillation, North Atlantic Oscillation) on North American hydroclimatic variability and atmospheric hazards (blizzards, weather phobia). Dr. Coleman also has a very visible national and international presence, such as consistently serving as a manuscript and grant reviewer for a couple dozen different journals and agencies, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society in 2009, and serving as the Climate Specialty Group Chair of the Association of American Geographers. She also investigates topics in the areas of human biometeorology, tropical cyclone climatology and atmospheric hazards. She frequently teaches several introductory and advanced meteorology courses as well as the introductory quantitative methods course for geography majors.


  • PhD     The Ohio State University (Geography-Climatology)
  • MA      The Ohio State University (Geography-Climatology)
  • BA       University of Missouri-Columbia (Geography)

Selected Publications:

Coleman, J. S. M. and R. M. Schwartz, 2017: An updated blizzard climatology of the contiguous
United States (1959-2014): An examination of spatiotemporal trends.  J. Appl. Meteor. Clim., 56,

Coleman, J. S. M., K. D. Newby, K. D. Multon, and C. L. Taylor, 2014: Weathering the storm:
Revisiting severe weather phobia. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc.95, 1179-1183.

Coleman, J. S. M. and D. Budikova, 2013: Eastern U.S. summer streamflow during extreme
phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation. J. Geophysical Research-Atmospheres118,
4181-4193. doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50326

Coleman, J. S. M. and D. Budikova, 2010: Atmospheric aspects of the 2008 Midwest floods: A
repeat of 1993? Int. J. Climatol., 30, 1645-1667. doi: 10.1002/joc.2009.

Coleman, J. S. M., 2010: The human mortality response to synoptic scale atmospheric circulation
changes in the transitional seasons. The Professional Geographer60, 190-206.

Coleman, J. S. M. and J. C. Rogers, 2007: The synoptic climatology of the central United States
and linkages to Pacific teleconnection indices. J. Climate20, 3485-3497.

Coleman, J. S. M. and J. C. Rogers, 2003: Ohio River Valley winter moisture conditions
associated with the Pacific/North American teleconnection pattern. J. Climate,
16, 969-981.