About the Prison Education Program

The Dean of Metropolitan College is Dr. Tanya Zlateva and Chair of Department of Applied Social Sciences is Dr. Daniel LeClair.


Jim Matesanz, MEd

Prison Education Program Field Coordinator
Lecturer in Department of Applied Social Sciences

M. Ed. In Counseling Psychology, Boston College

Jim received his master’s in education in counseling psychology from Boston College. He also received his certificate in Practical Project Management from U Mass. Boston. Prior to being affiliated with Boston University, he served for over fifteen years as a prison and jail superintendent in a variety of correctional facilities in Massachusetts. These included Bridgewater (a forensic facility) and Bay State Correctional Center. He now teaches a number of Boston University courses dealing with community corrections, special populations, leadership issues in corrections, and rehabilitation. In this capacity, he frequently visits the prisons in which BU’s prison education program is offered and provides consultation and guidance to BU faculty, correctional staff, and inmates in the program. He is also currently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of Span, Inc. and Lowell House, Inc. These agencies provide reintegration, reentry, and community corrections services to inmates being released. He is also currently working on writing about the history of Bridgewater State Hospital and the criminally insane.

He was also the Superintendent of Jail Operations in the Norfolk County Sheriffs Office, managing all correctional programs, including the Jail, the Dedham Alternative Center, and community corrections programs. Mr. Matesanz also works with select clients as a consultant and coach in areas of leadership and operational risk management.