Carol S. Long is Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; her work in this newly created position aims to enhance collaboration among the three schools of Willamette University and between student and academic affairs. A Professor of English at Willamette for over 30 years, she also served as department chair, associate dean, and dean in the College of Liberal Arts before leaving in 2009 to become Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York College at Geneseo. She also served as Interim President at Geneseo for two years before returning to Willamette in August of 2016.
Her research and publications are primarily in the areas of twentieth century British and American literature, the rhetoric of science, and academic administration. Her major foci in administration are strategic planning and governance, curriculum, internationalization, and digital learning. She currently serves on the American Council of Education's Commission on Internationalization and as Chair of the Advisory Council of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Pomona College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in literature from Northwestern University.