Greg Long Ph.D.

Greg Long
Title: Distinguished Teaching Professor
Faculty Senate President
Executive Secretary of University Council
Division: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Unit: Rehabilitation Counseling
Office Location: Altgeld Hall 103
Office Phone: 815-753-9306


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, Psychology - Clinical 1986
  • M.A., University of Kansas, Psychology 1982
  • B.A., Carnegie-Mellon University, Psychology 1978


  • Catalyst Award from Blackboard for online course design and innovation with “Perspectives on Disability MOOC” (July 2014)
  • Northern Illinois University Presidential Teaching Professor (2011-2015)
  • Lankford Award for excellence in teaching. NIU College of Health and Human Sciences (Fall 2006)

Research Interests

  • Functional communication assessment with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Closed captioning and video-based learning among college students
  • Using a MOOC to change attitudes about disability

Selected Service Activities

  • Chair, Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities (2006-2014)
  • Co-Chair, Baccalaureate Review Task Force (2008-2011)
  • Disability consultant, Autism Centre, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (2012-present)

Selected Publications & Media Development

Closed captioning and educational impact

 Dallas, B., Long, G., & McCarthy, A. (in press). Assessing the effect of closed-captioning on undergraduate students’ recall and understanding of video-based information. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.

 Dallas, B., McCarthy, A., & Long, G. (in press). Examining the Educational Benefits of and Attitudes Toward Closed-Captioning Among Undergraduate Students. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Disability Awareness

Long, G., Richter, S., Miller, T., & Olsen, E. (2013). Perspectives on Disability MOOC (Massively Open Online Course). Ten-lesson course presented in Fall 2013 through CourseSites by Blackboard. It is now available as a self-paced course on OpenEducation by Blackboard (

Long, G., Nicholas, W., & O’Brien, J. (2012). NIU Disability and Accessibility Tutorial. (

“Disability Videos” ( Created three videos to supplement the tutorial. Accomplished in collaboration with Professor Laura Vazquez, NIU Department of Communications. 

  • “Without an interpreter” provides a unique perspective on the need for accommodations
  • “Nobody’s Business” portrays challenges faced by students with hidden disabilities and the need for faculty to respect students’ privacy
  • “Illegally Blind” provides an introduction to disability etiquette with students who are blind.

Long, G., Richter, S., & O’Brien, J. (2013). NIU Accessibility Portal ( Organized, created, and designed an “Accessibility Portal” that includes information about NIU programs, resources, supports, and links to the “Perspectives on Disability” MOOC.

Functional Communication Assessment

Long, G. (2015). Make it meaningful: Transition assessment for students who are deaf and low functioning. Four-hour video-based instruction developed for the Texas Education Agency.

Long, G. (1996). Assessing workplace communication skills with traditionally underserved persons who are deaf. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Research and Training Center on Traditionally Underserved Persons Who Are Deaf. (

Long, G., & Alvares, R. (1995). The development of a communication assessment paradigm for use with traditionally underserved deaf adults, Journal of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, 29(1), 1-16. (