Timothy E. Long, professor of chemistry in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been appointed the college's associate dean for strategic initiatives.

As a member of the dean’s leadership and advisory team, Long will be responsible for catalyzing new learning, discovery, and engagement  programs with a focus on promoting interdisciplinary collaborations across the college and university. 

In recognizing Long’s outstanding contributions, Dean Lay Nam Chang said, “Tim has proven himself to be a rare combination of brilliant scholar, talented teacher, and highly effective visionary leader. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of his caliber in the College of Science. We look forward to his continued solid leadership that will move the college forward in the ever-changing landscape of education, technology, and societal needs.”

Long joined the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor in 1999 after spending 10 years with Eastman Kodak Company and Eastman Chemical Company. He currently is a full professor in the department, and he maintains a vigorous research program with nearly 15 international researchers. He is responsible for teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including an interdisciplinary chemistry course focused on sustainable chemistry. He also serves as a liaison to the Virginia Tech Graduate School for the implementation of interdisciplinary research and training programs.

Long received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Bonaventure University and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Virginia Tech. In 2010, he was recognized for his achievements by receiving the Alumni Award for Research Excellence at Virginia Tech.

Long was recognized as a Fellow in the inaugural class of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and was elected as chair of the Division of Polymer Chemistry. He has served as the chair of the prestigious Gordon Research Conference in Polymers. Long was awarded the 2011 ACS Cooperative Research Award, and he was recently invited to chair the World Polymer Congress in 2012 on the Virginia Tech campus. Prior to his appointment as associate dean, he was the associate director for research at the Fralin Life Science Institute. He currently leads three major research programs on campus involving interdisciplinary faculty across several colleges.