James D. Long, ED.D.



Patti Levine-Brown, “James D. Long, ED.D.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed May 23, 2024, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/48055.

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James D. Long, ED.D.


Appalachian State University
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Patti Levine-Brown




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Professor Emeritus of Psychology James (Jim) D. Long (January 25, 1942-), was born in Marion, North Carolina, to Bonnie Gibbs and Thomas H. Long. He graduated from Marion High School in 1960 and received a B.S. degree from Western Carolina University in 1963. After working for several years in industry, Long taught high school at Glenwood School near Marion for two years and worked on his master's degree in counseling at Appalachian State University during the summer months. He received his M.A. degree from Appalachian in 1967 and began working as a high school counselor at Nebo School, also near his home town. After serving for two years as a school counselor, he entered a doctoral program in Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and received an Ed.D. degree in 1972. Dr. Long is married to the former Elizabeth (Lib) Whitener and they have one son, Blake. Lib also graduated from Western Carolina University and received M.A. and Ed.S. degrees from Appalachian State University and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She taught elementary school for many years, teaching at Clemmons Elementary School in Forsyth County, Marion Elementary School, Cedar Bluff Elementary School (Knoxville, Tennessee), and Mabel Elementary School (Watauga County). She joined Appalachian State's Reich College of Education as director of the Public School Partnership in 1987 and served in that position until her retirement in 1999. She continued to work part-time as a supervisor of student teachers at the Reich College of Education until 2005. Blake, the Long's son, received a B.S. and M.A. degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University and an M.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 2008 and has accepted a position there as an educator-clinician in internal medicine. Dr. Long joined the psychology faculty at Appalachian State in 1972, and remained a member of this faculty until his retirement in 2000. He served as interim chair of the Psychology Department during the 1990-91 academic year and as chair of the department from 1991 to 1998. While at Appalachian, Dr. Long served on numerous committees and councils and was actively involved in scholarly activities. He co-authored a number of textbooks, including Toward a Self-Managed Life Style (three editions), Manage Your Life (both published by Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston, Massachusetts), Making It Till Friday: A Guide to Successful Classroom Management (four editions), and SOS for Teachers (published by Princeton Book Company, Princeton, New Jersey). Recently, Long and his co-author, Dr. Robert L. Williams (University of Tennessee), completed the fifth edition of Making It Till Friday. The book is available on Amazon.com. Dr. Long also authored twenty-five journal articles, which appeared in a variety of learned journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of School Psychology, School Guidance and Counseling, and many others. Most of his writings have been related to self-management and classroom management issues. He also has presented papers at many professional meetings, including those of the Lilly Conference on College Teaching, the American Educational Research Association, the American Personnel and Guidance Association, the Research and Development Association for Education, and others. While at Appalachian State University, Dr. Long held licensure as a school psychologist and as a practicing psychologist. He also was a member of the American Psychological Association. In addition to his academic interests, Long has a number of avocational interests. He and Lib jog or walk daily, and he spends considerable time studying Spanish. Jim, Lib, and son Blake have been on several mission trips to Honduras, working at Hospital Loma de Luz. He also enjoys carpentry work and has a number of ongoing carpentry projects. When Jim and his son Blake work together on a project, he likes to remind Jim of their work slogan: "There's a right way and a Long way to do things." More often than not, Blake says they do it the Long way. Source: Appalachian State University files. -Patti Levine-Brown

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