Delaware Valley College selects the founding dean for its School of Business and Humanities

Apr 10, 2012

Dr. Kim Martin Long, the associate dean of arts and sciences at Shippensburg University, will be the founding dean of the School of Business and Humanities at Delaware Valley College, filling the last of the top administrative posts in a restructuring that is a precursor to achieving university status.

Dr. Long, who will begin at DelVal on July 16, earned her B.A. in English from North Texas State University; she received her M.A. in English and Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Texas.

“Dr. Long is an experienced academic with the skill, knowledge and experience necessary for this very important position,” said Dr. Bashar Hanna, dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs. “In the course of her career, she has worked in the critical areas of experiential learning, study abroad and retention initiatives that keep students matriculating. She is also a proven leader and is the founding co-chair of the Pennsylvania Conference on English Education. Dr. Long will play a critical role in DelVal’s path to academic excellence.”

In her current role at Shippensburg, a position she has held since 2006, Dr. Long has overseen the coordination of the academic schedule; served as the college’s facilities coordinator, was responsible for coordinating a recent $7 million renovation of the art building; and served on a task force to create and implement a new student registration and orientation process.

She also brings valuable experience with accreditation bodies, including Middle States, NCATE, and state teacher accreditation and has demonstrated collaborative leadership in her current position and in national and regional organizations. She is currently the chair of the Ethnic Studies Division of the Modern Language Association and just resigned from her position as Chair of the Committee on Associate Deans for the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Long’s faculty experience includes serving as a lecturer and in adjunct positions at University of Texas at Dallas, North Lake College in Irving, Texas, and Texas Women’s University, before joining Shippensburg in 1995 as assistant professor of English. She earned the rank of professor in 2005. 

As a faculty member, Dr. Long’s administrative and leadership experience includes scholarly activity, active service and exceptional teaching credentials. She also has experience chairing committees on accreditation and faculty excellence.

“The selection of Dr. Long is the result of hard work by a dedicated search committee charged with bringing only the best people to Delaware Valley College,” said Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan, college president. “Her key mission is to elevate our business and humanities programs to the same level, stature and reputation as agriculture and science. I know she is up for the task, and I look forward to working closely with her, as well as the other deans.”

“To help shape DelVal’s future as part of an accomplished, creative, collaborative high-performance team responsible for moving the strategic plan forward will be a special honor and a unique challenge,” Dr. Long said.  “Working with a dedicated group of faculty, across many disciplines, will also provide new and exciting opportunities for collaboration that will benefit DelVal’s students.”

Dr. Long currently has two books in progress, “The American Eve: Ecofeminist Approaches to American Novels” and “English Education, The Next Generation: A Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a Teacher of English/Language Arts.”

Her writing has also appeared in numerous books and journals, including: Encyclopedia of American Indian Literature, Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender, American Periodicals, and English in Texas: Journal of the Texas Council of Teachers of English. She has also made over 30 national conference presentations.

With the appointment of Dr. Long, the college can now move ahead with its restructuring. DelVal’s main academic areas, in the process of development, are:

● The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, headed by Dean Russell Redding;
● The School of Life and Physical Sciences, headed by Dean Benjamin Rusiloski;
● The School of Business and Humanities, headed by Dr. Long; and
● The Division of Graduate, Professional and Entrepreneurial Studies, headed by Interim Dean James Moryan.