Gary Long, professor of chemistry, has been named associate dean for curriculum and instruction in the College of Science at Virginia Tech.

As associate dean for curriculum and instruction, Long will be responsible for developing a sustainable process for selecting and awarding scholarships, providing leadership for curricular development and assessment and for recruiting and placement programs, diversity leadership, representing the college on university committees, and working with the assistant dean of graduate studies on graduate issues. 

He will also be involved in the development of forthcoming undergraduate degree programs in systems biology, nanoscience, neuroscience, and computational science.

Long joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1983. Since then, he has taught more than 10,000 students and has received certificates for excellence in undergraduate teaching from the College of Arts and Science in 1996 and 1999. He received his college's diversity award in 1999 for enhancing the university experience for people of color at Virginia Tech. Long is a recipient of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Team Outreach in 2004 and the William E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. In 2011 he received the university's Excellence in Access and Inclusion Award and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

From 1990 to 1991, he was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science and he was the program director at the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 1999.

He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Phi Beta Delta, Sigma Xi, and the Virginia Academy of Science. He is a past president of the Virginia Tech Faculty Senate, a member of the university's Academy of Teaching Excellence, the Academy of Outreach Excellence, the Academy of Faculty Service, and the Engagement Academy for University Leaders. In 2012, he became a member of the William Preston Society of Virginia Tech for his work with the board of visitors.

Long received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and his doctoral degree from North Carolina State University.