Lori Long is an Associate Professor instructing courses in human resources and general management and is also a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Innovation and Growth. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Kent State University, a Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resource Certification Institute. Dr. Long is also the President of LK Consulting, LLC, a human resource management consulting firm and she has over eighteen years of experience in the practice of human resource management.
Dr. Long's research interests include online learning, effective work/life management strategies and the policy implications of federal employment laws and regulations. Her work has been published in The Journal of Workplace Learning, The International Journal of E-learning, Equal Opportunities International, The Journal of Management Development and several other journals, books and conference proceedings. She is also the author of The Parent's Guide to Family Friendly Work (Career Press, 2007).
Questions and answers
Why did you choose to teach at BW?
I did not know much about BW when I started teaching here part-time while I was finishing my doctorate at Kent State University. I quickly learned that BW is a special place where I had the opportunity to work with impressive colleagues and students. As a result, when I finished my program and began my search for a full-time academic opportunity, I found an opportunity to stay.
What characteristics distinguish BW from other colleges/universities?
Both the faculty and the staff at BW are consistently passionate about the students at BW and work hard to make sure that all students have a challenging, but rewarding experience. The small class sizes and other instructional resources help support this student-centered environment that affords students opportunities to pursue their passions and prepare them for a successful future.
How do you mentor students?
In addition to my advisees, I spend time with all of my students discussing career interests. Further, I often spend time with students outside of class to help them network and prepare for their future plans whether they include further education or a job search.
What do students like best about your class?
My students say they appreciate the real world examples I provide as we discuss course concepts. In addition to my academic experience, I have worked in the business world for more than 20 years, including the past ten years with my own consulting business working with smaller and start-up firms managing their human resources. Students find that my experience helps them understand the theories addressed in my courses and make the classroom more interesting.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?
I enjoy working with people in organizations and would likely do more consulting work if I did not teach. I also enjoy sharing my experiences so I would likely spend more time writing as well.