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Christopher P. Long

MSU Foundation Professor, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, Dean of the MSU Honors College, and Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University.

Welcome to, a website designed to give digital voice to a philosophical life. Here you will find information about my academic and administrative life, including my publications, projects, and initiatives.

At the heart of my work is a commitment to writing along the way, so I encourage you to engage actively with the The Long Road blog by reading, sharing, and commenting. You can also find me on Mastodon. Thank you for visiting this little corner of the digital world.



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In the foreground in focus are white values cards with black letters laying on a dark wooden table with words like "Support for Failure," "Holistic," "Accessibility,"Excellence," "Appreciation," written on them. We read the cards upside-down as we look down the table, our perspective at table-level looking toward a woman in a black mask leaning over a computer pointing to something as participants around the table look toward the laptop on the table. The laptop and the people are out of focus at the depth of field is short and the focus is on the cards nearest us on the table.DeanThe Administrative Life
March 16, 2023

Finding the Values in Committee Work

The transformative power of values-enacted scholarship is only really felt in lived-experience. Just before spring break, and only two weeks after the mass shooting on the MSU campus, a small group of staff, directors, and…
A dark wooden desktop has a bouquet of orange, white, and green flowers in a glass cylindrical vase on the left. In the middle is a multi-colored glass trophy in a double helix style on a black base on which the words are inscribed: "Michigan State University Institutional Champion Award for Community Engagement Scholarship Presented to Christopher P. Long, College of Arts and Letters and Honors College 2023." To the right, there is a small lavender bag of lavender with a yellow AAAS button on it. Blurred in the background on the right is an Apple MacBook Pro, the arm of a desk light and behind the trophy and flower are four fountain pens, a journal and a notepad.Grants, Fellowships, AwardsThe Long Road
March 4, 2023

Championing Community Engagement at the Heart of the Land-Grant Mission

On Thursday, March 2, 2023, I was honored to receive the 2023 MSU Institutional Champion Award for Community Engagement Scholarship. Below is the text of my remarks at the moving awards ceremony that took place…
The Spartan Rock, painted white, with a green Spartan helmet, on the left and "Always a Spartan" painted on the front. The names of Brian Fraser, Arielle Anderson, and Alexandria Verner, are written in green letters along the bottom. In front of the rock are piles of flowers and a green and white Spartans Will flag laying on mulch front and center of the image. There are three crosses with hearts and fish symbols to the right of the rock.EducationLivingThe Long Road
February 18, 2023

When Twilight Silence Falls

On Tuesday morning when I made my way to the sacred circle, past the resilient tree, to Linton Hall there was a silence such as I had never heard before. It was not the silence…