Faculty and Staff
Susi Long, Ph.D.
|Title:||Professor, Early Childhood Education & Language and Literacy
|Department:||Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education
|Resources:||Curriculum Vitae [pdf]|
Ph.D., Ohio State University
M.A., University of South Florida
B.S., Florida State University
Background and Research Focus
Susi Long is a Professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on humanizing, decolonizing, and culturally relevant equity pedagogies in preservice teacher education and early childhood literacy education. Her five books written with teachers and university colleagues include Tensions and Triumphs in the Early Years of Teaching; Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards; Many Pathways to Literacy, Courageous Leadership in Early Childhood Education; and “We’ve been doing it your way long enough”: Choosing the Culturally Relevant Classroom. Susi teaches courses in literacy methods, culturally relevant pedagogies, linguistic pluralism, language acquisition in diverse communities, and critical qualitative methodologies. She was a classroom teacher in kindergarten through grade eight classrooms and started her career in higher education as recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Researcher Award. Since then she has served in a range of leadership roles within NCTE: Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Research Foundation; NCTE Executive Committee; Co-chair of the Elementary Section Steering Committee; Chair of NCTE's U.S. Governmental Relations Committee; Mentor, Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color. In 2013, Susi received the NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly’s Early Literacy Educator of the Year award. She co-founded the Assembly’s Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching project supporting teacher-teacher educator partners in generating anti-bias and culturally relevant practices in early childhood. She is co-editor of the NCTE-Routledge Research Series focused on issues of equity and critical race research. She has received other teaching and research awards including the 2013 University of South Carolina Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2019 USC Educational Foundation Award for Research in Professional Sciences. From 2009-2013, she served as the Moore Child Advocacy Distinguished Chair in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Most recently, she is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Chair in Education Award to conduct research at the University of Alberta, Canada during the 2019-2020 academic year.
2019 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Education Awardee,, University of Alberta, Canada
2019 Educational Foundation Award for Research in Professional Sciences,, Office of the Provost, University of South Carolina
2018 Nominated, Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award,, University of South Carolina
2017 Visiting Scholar and Keynote Presentation, Center for Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh, College of Education
2017 Visiting Scholar, University of London, Goldsmith’s College, Spring Seminar Series presentation: “We’ve been doing it your way long enough”: Anti-racist teaching through decolonized curriculum
2016 - Present, Member, Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Nominated by Presidential Team, National Council of Teachers of English
2013 – 2019, Mentor, Cultivating New Voices of Scholars Among Color Program, National Council of Teachers of English
2014 - 2019, Fulbright Specialist Roster Designee, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
2014 Visiting Professor, Early Childhood Education, Teachers College, Columbia University - New York, NY
2013 Early Literacy Educator of the Year Award, National Council of Teachers of English, Early Childhood Education Assembly
2013 Excellence in Teaching Award, Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, University of South Carolina
2013 College of Education Research Award, University of South Carolina
2012 Featured Scholar, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of South Carolina
2012 - 2014, Chair, Board of Trustees of the Research Foundation, National Council of Teachers of English
Long, S., Baines, J., & Tisdale, C. (2018). “We’ve been doing it your way long enough”: Choosing the culturally relevant classroom. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Long, S., Souto-Manning, M. & Vasquez, V. (Eds.) (2016). Courageous leadership in early childhood education: Taking a stand for social justice. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Long, S. with Hutchinson, W. & Neiderhiser, J. (2011). Supporting students in the time of Common Core Standards, 4K Through Grade 2. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.
Long, S., Abramson, A., Boone, A., Borchelt, C., Kalish, R., Miller, E., Parks, J., Tisdale, C. (2006). Tensions and triumphs in the early years of teaching: Real world findings and advice for supporting new teachers. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.
Gregory, E., Long, S., & Volk, D. (Eds) (2004). Many pathways to literacy: Young children learning with siblings, peers, grandparents, and communities. London, UK: RoutledgeFalmer.