Jay Coleman

Associate Provost • Richard deR. Kip Professor of Operations Management & Quantitative Methods

Academic Affairs Administration • Academic Affairs Division

Areas of Expertise

Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics


Bachelor of Business Administration (1984) from Augusta College

Master of Science (1985) and Ph.D. in Industrial Management (1988) from Clemson University


B. Jay Coleman, Ph.D. is the Richard deR. Kip Professor of Operations Management and Quantitative Methods in the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Management from Clemson University.


Dr. Coleman served as chair of the Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics from 2000-2002, and served as Associate Dean of the Coggin College from 2006-2007. As associate dean, he directed the MBA program and the College's assurance of learning and other accreditation processes (the Coggin College was reaffirmed by AACSB in Spring 2008), and served as the initial director of the College's university flagship program in Transportation and Logistics, which was ranked in 2005 as the #13 such program in the country.


Jay is actively involved in research primarily focused on the quantitative modeling of managerial decisions, which has included applications in production planning and scheduling, inventory management, financial analysis and investment, and decision-making in sports. He also has active research interests in lean production practices and supply chain management, as well as business education and pedagogy. His research program has resulted in more than 50 publications, including articles in Decision Sciences , Production and Operations Management, Interfaces, Industrial Relations, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Business Logistics, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Computers and Operations Research, Production and Inventory Management Journal, Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, Managerial and Decision Economics, Financial Services Review, SAM Advanced Management Journal, Journal of Sports Economics, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Journal of Economics and Finance, OR Insight, INFORMS Transactions on Education, Journal of Management Education, and Journal of Education for Business, among others.


Portions of his research have been featured by the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Investor's Business Daily, as well as numerous other media outlets, including AP, UPI, USA Today, the New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN The Magazine.


Regularly updated Web pages associated with Dr. Coleman's research on sports issues can be found at the links provided at the top of this page.


Dr. Coleman has served on more than 70 different committees and other service assignments while at UNF, including 24 leadership positions. He has been a reviewer for 15 different academic journals, and has given nearly 100 media and professional interviews. In 2009, he was named UNF's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, thereby serving as the university's faculty liaison to the athletics department, the Atlantic Sun Conference, and the NCAA.


Jay was named the Outstanding Graduate Faculty by 1995-1996 alumni of the Coggin College's masters programs, and received the University Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1991 and 2000, in addition to two other university teaching awards in 1993 and 1996. In 2003, he received both the University Outstanding Scholarship Award and the University Outstanding Service Award.


He was named the University Distinguished Professor for the year 2005. In 2007, he was inducted as a Distinguished Professor into the Prime F. Osborn, III Distinguished Business Leaders Hall of Fame by the Coggin College of Business. 


Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNF. 2012

Distinguished Professor, UNF. 2005

Runner-up Distinguished Professor, UNF. 2004

Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award, UNF. 2003

Outstanding Faculty Service Award, UNF. 2003

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNF. 2002


ColemanContact Information

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