Dennis D. Long, a longtime faculty member at Xavier who currently serves as chair and professor in the department of social work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is returning to Xavier as associate dean of the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. He begins July 1.
Long began his career as an instructor at Edgecliff College in 1979 and served as an assistant professor at Xavier from 1982-1987, associate professor from 1988-1996 and professor from 1997-2006. He also was chair of the department of social work from 1991-2006. In 2003, he served as chair of the faculty committee and assembly.
“I have a personal and professional commitment to Catholic and Jesuit ideals,” Long says. “I feel called to use my talents and background to join the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education team to advance educational efforts and address community and regional needs. I am very proud to be returning to Xavier and honored to be selected to serve in this leadership role.”
In his six years at UNC-Charlotte, Long has gained vast administrative experiences, including dealing with research awards and grants, development, department and college fiscal oversight, faculty development and recruitment, advising, and undergraduate and graduate enrollment and assessment.
“Dr. Long brings a unique combination to this vital position for our college,” says Mark Meyers, dean of the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. “He is a scholar and an experienced administrator who shares our passion for the service of the community as a whole and to each of our students. We are excited to have Dr. Long rejoin us at Xavier. The best description would be ‘Welcome home.’ ”
Long earned a PhD in Sociology with a concentration in social psychology at the University of Cincinnati. His MSW with a clinical concentration is from The Ohio State University and his BA is in psychology and sociology from Ohio Northern University. He is co-author of four books on social work and numerous articles in top academic journals. His administrative strengths involve a genuine dedication to empowerment, collaboration, fostering positive interpersonal relationships, strategic planning and curriculum advancement.
The College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education includes 16 undergraduate majors and 18 graduate degrees, including the Doctor of Psychology program.