“For more than 60 years, Honors College has been a catalyst for academic excellence at MSU. I am honored to take on this additional leadership responsibility at an important stage of transformative change, ”said Long. “Our leadership team at Honors College will focus on improving the quality of the student experience, recruiting and retaining a variety of high-performing students, and engaging alumni and friends in strategic philanthropy that will strengthen our leadership position in higher education.”
One goal of the Honors College is to promote its diversity, equity, and inclusion. And in his role as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Long has demonstrated an action-oriented commitment to the DEI as a driver of academic excellence through his work as co-chair of the selection committee for the first Chief Diversity Officer of MSU, co the DEI Re-opening Task-Force Subcommittee, the establishment of the Department of African American and African Studies, the Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Initiative and the Critical Race Residencies in the Department of Art, Art History and Design.
In addition, since arriving at MSU six years ago, Dean Long has raised more than $ 36 million in philanthropy for the College of Arts and Letters, most notably establishing eleven new endowed chairs and professorships in multiple departments. His deliberate efforts to promote research at the college have resulted in more than $ 22 million in research awards, of which Long is the principal researcher with more than $ 6 million and from organizations such as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
“Building on the strong foundation laid by former Dean Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore and Interim Dean Matthew Zierler, Dean Long’s direction of Honors College will focus on securing transformative philanthropic gifts for Honors College; Improve collaboration and engagement in honorary education across the university; and attracting and retaining the world’s most high-performing, diverse, and innovative students, ”said Woodruff.
Prior to joining MSU, Long was Associate Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Education and Professor of Philosophy and Classics at Pennsylvania State University. With a research focus on digital scientific communication and the educational use of social media technologies, his research is rooted in a philosophical commitment to put the transformative possibilities of dialogue into practice.
His extensive publications in ancient Greek and contemporary continental philosophy include three books: “The Ethics of Ontology: Rethinking an Aristotelian Legacy,” “Aristotle on the Nature of Truth,” and an expanded digital book, “Socratic and Plato Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of reading. ”He is co-founder of the Public Philosophy Journal, a project to create an innovative online space for digital science and communication.
This article was originally published on the College of Arts and Letters website.