James M. Longo, Ed.D.
Professor Chair of Education Department
Jim Longo is a professor and chair of the Department of Education. He supervises students during their Student Teaching semester and teaches the following courses:
- Foundations of Education
- Educational Psychology
- Differentiated Instruction and Assessment
- Principles of Curriculum Design
- Teaching the Diverse Learner
His primary areas of research, writing, and teaching include gender equity in the classroom, the theory of multiple intelligences, creating the inclusive classroom, the role of women in history, and the teaching and learning experiences of presidents and first ladies as students and teachers.
Dr. Longo has been appointed as a Fulbright scholar to the University of Klagenfurt Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies Lectureship at Klagenfurt University, Austria for 2011.
He has written seven books including three collections of ghost stories, articles and books on the New England Shakers, and a biography of Isabel Orleans Bragança: The Brazilian Princess Who Freed the Slaves. His story of Latin America’s most famous female abolitionist was told in the context of the historic role royal women played in the rise and fall of Brazilian slavery. It was nominated for the Frederick Douglas Book Prize for the “most outstanding nonfiction book published in English on the subject of slavery and abolition.” His latest book, From Classroom to White House: Presidents and First Ladies as Students and Teachers, compares and contrasts the educational opportunities and experiences of male and female residents of the White House.
Dr. Longo’s research and teaching have taken him to Austria, Brazil, Costa Rica, Portugal, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Canada. Under his leadership the W&J Education Department has developed school partnerships with El Centro de Educatión Creativa in Monteverde, Costa Rica, the University of Wales, Newport, St. Mary’s University, England, and Aberdeen University, Scotland. Jim believes all he ever needed to know he learned at summer camp. When not teaching or writing, he would rather be in a canoe than any other place on earth.