Susan Longerbeam

susan longerbeam
Associate Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 316 - College of Education
sdlong01 @

Dr. Longerbeam's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Professional Bio

Susan Diana Longerbeam, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville. Dr. Longerbeam completed her doctoral work in College Student Personnel at the University of Maryland. Publications include two co-authored books: Teaching Across Cultural Strengths: A Guide to Balancing Integrated and Individuated Cultural Frameworks in College Teaching (Stylus); and Going Inward: The role of cultural introspection in college teaching (Peter Lang); journal articles "We Cannot Reach Them": Chinese Undergraduate Student Perceptions of the U.S. Campus Climate (2013), Developing openness to diversity in living-learning program participants (2010), and Contemporary college contexts: College environments for student learning and retention at a southwestern U.S. university (2010). Dr. Longerbeam serves at the national level on the NASPA Faculty Council, and is an ACPA Diamond Honoree and ACPA Emerging Scholar.

Areas of Research and/or Professional Interest:

Dr. Longerbeam's scholarship focuses on faculty and student culture, campus climate and student learning and success in higher education.

  • Student Affairs and Higher Education Professional Preparation Program Development
  • Teaching Across Cultural Strengths Faculty Development
  • Openness to Diversity and Racial Equity
  • International Study and Global Learning


  • Phenomenological study
  • Multiple regression methods
  • Active engaged learning

Areas of Teaching (or courses taught)

  • Theories of College Student Development
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Student Affairs Practicum
  • The Impact of College on Students
  • Student Affairs Internship
  • Student Affairs and Higher Education (in Northern Europe, Southern Europe, and Asia)

Professional Memberships and Service

  • Candidate for NASPA Faculty Council Chair, 2017
  • Faculty Council Member, NASPA, 2013 - present
  • Faculty Fellow, NASPA, 2012 - 2015
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2010 - 2016; Led creation and approval of Faculty Joint Statement on Student Affairs Preparation Program Quality, ACPA/NASPA, 2014
  • Discussant for research presentations, NASPA, 2010 - present
  • Reviewer for ACPA Crookston Awards

Honors and Awards

  • Diamond Honoree, American College Personnel Association, 2015
  • Northern Arizona University President's Award for Ethnic Diversity, 2010
  • Named most influential faculty member for a Northern Arizona University Gold Axe Award, 2008

Selected Publications

  • Longerbeam, S. D. & Chávez, A. F. (2016). Going inward: The role of cultural introspection in college teaching. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Chávez, A. F., & Longerbeam, S. D. (2016). Teaching across cultural strengths: A guide to balancing integrated and individuated cultural frameworks in college teaching. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Longerbeam, S. D. (2013). One journey of compassion: My search for inspiriting leadership. In A. F. Chávez and R. Sanlo (Eds.), Identity and leadership (pp. 185–192). Washington, DC: NASPA Publications.
  • Longerbeam, S. D., DeStefano, T., & Yu, B. (2013). “We cannot reach them”: Chinese undergraduate student perceptions of the U.S. campus climate. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 50(3), 326–344.
  • Charles, H., Longerbeam, S. D., & Miller, A. (2013). Putting old tensions to rest: Integrating multicultural education and global learning to advance student development. Journal of College and Character, 14(1), 47–57.
  • Longerbeam, S. D. (2010). Developing openness to diversity in living-learning program participants. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 3, 201–217.
  • Chávez, A. F., & Longerbeam, S. D. (2016, February). Retaining Native and Hispano/Latino students through the use of cultural frameworks in teaching and assessment. Paper presented at the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Chávez, A. F., & Longerbeam, S. D. (2015, October). Cultural strengths in teaching and learning. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, Savannah, GA.