Dr. Kelly Long knows that education can change a life, broaden us as individuals and expand our understanding of the world as it heightens our potentials to contribute to the world.
As a first generation college graduate and life-long Coloradoan, Long received her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Following in the footsteps of teachers who changed her life, she is a devoted educator with more than 42 years of experience in education. After teaching at the high school and university levels for 35 years, she served in administrative roles for 8 years — twice appointed Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (VPUA) at Colorado State University (2016; 2022) and as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. In these roles she demonstrated her passion for public education by guiding and supporting student success initiatives across the university, launching curricular reform focused on diversity and inclusion, and supporting units providing faculty development and pedagogical engagement.
In fall 2022 she will retire, becoming professor of history emeritus and VPUA emeritus, and is excited to be in the classroom again, where she looks forward to engaging students in inquiry through an interdisciplinary lens into the past and present of diverse cultures, histories, and artistic modes of human expression.
Dr. Long joined the Department of History at CSU in 1998, where her teaching and research focused on Pacific Wars, US-China Relations, US History, History Education, and Social Studies Teaching Methods. At the high school level, Long directed theater, taught literature, social studies, and humanities, including AP Senior Humanities and IB History and English, over 17 years. Long also served as Faculty in Residence for study abroad at the University of Swansea, Wales.
Drawing on an award-winning career as a teacher, Long has designed and delivered educator development and curricular design both nationally and internationally, including seven years co-directing the Historical Literacy Partnership and two Teaching American History grant projects, providing teacher development programs for hundreds of secondary and university level educators.
Her dedication to international and interdisciplinary approaches that bring the world, people and knowledge together has been recognized through a CSU International Programs Distinguished Service Award, a Bridging Award for Cultural Diplomacy contributing to friendship between the US and China, selection to four National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes, two Fulbright-Hayes Seminars, and receipt of an NEH-Dewitt Wallace Teacher Scholar sabbatical award, and an Arts and Entertainment Network Teaching Award. She has participated in the HERS Women’s Leadership program, the ACE Fellowship Women’s Leadership institute, and the US Military Academy at West Point summer fellowship. She studied Mandarin in Beijing and at the University of Maryland.
Long’s research involves US-Asian relations, history education, and the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning. She is co-author of Teaching for Historical Literacy: Building Knowledge in the History Classroom, and Asia related publications include “Bhutan in the Middle: In Between in the Powers’ Game,”; Helen Foster Snow: An American Woman and Revolutionary; and “Friend or Foe: Life’s Wartime Images of the Chinese,” in Looking at Life Magazine.