Karen A. Longman, PhD

Professor, Department of Higher Education
Program Director, PhD in Higher Education

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5706
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Karen A. Longman, PhD, joined the Azusa Pacific University faculty in 2006. She received her PhD from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The University of Michigan. Prior to coming to APU, Longman served for six years as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Greenville College (IL) and for 19 years as Vice President for Professional Development and Research at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, based in Washington, D.C. She continues to serve as a Senior Fellow with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and has coordinated Leadership Development Institutes for emerging leaders within the CCCU since 1998. Longman has authored multiple grant proposals totaling over $2.5 million and coordinated the resulting program initiatives with support from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She served as an editorial board member and reviewer for Research on Christian Higher Education and has been a Staley Distinguished Lecturer at numerous colleges and universities.


  • PhD, Higher Education, The University of Michigan
  • MA, Guidance and Counseling, The University of Michigan
  • MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • BA, Albion College

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Higher Education


  • Faith-Based Higher Education
  • Gender Issues
  • Leadership Development

Courses Taught

  • HED 703 Critical Issues in Higher Education
  • HED 704 Ethical Issues in Higher Education
  • HED 725 Administration in Higher Education
  • HED 760 Research Team