Dr. John W. Long

jlongDr. John W. Long is a Professor of Education (Retired) at the University of Illinois Chicago, an independent scholar, and Vice President at the LMW Group, a consulting group that focuses on issues in the African American community. He has continued to focus on the empowerment and support of Black self-determination needs of the African Diaspora in the United States, Africa, and Germany after his retirement. He speaks and writes German. His research areas are the education of African Americans and members of the African Diaspora in Germany.

Dr. Long received a Doctorate of Education from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; a Master of Science in Teaching from Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois; a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; and an Associate of Arts from The City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

As a faculty member of Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he taught graduate courses in public school administration and leadership. In addition he was an Associate Faculty in the Departments of German and African American Studies, where he taught Minorities in Germany and the African Diaspora in Germany respectively.

As Director of the TRIO Programs, educational opportunity programs for students from underrepresented groups in higher education at the University of Illinois, he developed programs for and assisted over 20,000 African Americans and Latinos in enrolling and completing post-secondary education.

Doctor Long was a Senior Fulbright Professor in the American Studies at the Humboldt University at Berlin, Berlin, Germany. He was also a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellow in Berlin. His research was documenting the experiences of African American ex-patriots.

Dr. Long has lectured extensively in Europe on African American experiences and the African Diaspora in Germany at such Universities as the University of Vienna, the University of Rostock and the Free University. Some of his major accomplishments in the area of the African Diaspora were:

  • Curator of a photo exhibit, Africanishe Diaspora: Eine Seele – Viele Völker. of the African Diaspora in America and Germany at the Humboldt University at Berlin in 2002;
  • Authored The African Diaspora-One Soul – Many People. 2002, U.S. Embassy, Berlin;
  • Establishment of the Berlin Study Visit Program, an African centered summer German Studies program, 1998-2000, for high school students in Berlin, Germany;
  • Served as an Advisor to the Pan African Forum, E.V., Berlin, Germany from September 2001 to 2002

His recent works has been:

Education in the Black Diaspora, perspectives, challenges, and prospect; Dr. Long wrote a chapter on the education of members of African Diaspora in Germany 2012;

A contributor to the American Association of Teachers of German’s book to assist teachers of German in teaching students of color, A culturally inclusive classroom: attracting and retaining all students, 2012.