Steve Long taught Pre-AP Chemistry, and ChemCom at Rogers High School (RHS) in Rogers, Arkansas where he worked for 26 years before retiring in 2016. He served as the RHS Science Department Chair from 1997-2013, and was the Rogers Public Schools Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist from 2001-2007. He received his B.S.E. in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas in 1975 and M.S.in Secondary Education from the University of Houston–Clear Lake in 1989.
Long has received numerous awards for his leadership, service, and classroom instruction including the Milken National Educator Award, semi-finalist for the National Teacher Hall of Fame, the American Chemistry Council regional Catalyst Award, the ACS Southwest Region High School Chemistry Teaching Award, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. He was a team member for the Flinn Scientific Foundation Summer Workshop Program and a contributor to the Flinn e-Learning video series. Long served from 2007-2014 on the Editorial Advisory Board for the ACS ChemMatters magazine for high school students. He was selected to a 7-year term on the National Academies of Sciences Teacher Advisory Council from 2006-2014 where he served as Chair for the last four years. In addition, Long achieved National Board certification in AYA Science in 2000 and he renewed that certification in 2010.
In his 41-year career, Long has taught chemistry, AP Chemistry, biology, earth science, and life science. He is active in professional organizations including the National Science Teachers Association, the Arkansas Science Teachers Association (President 2000 and 2017), and the American Chemical Society. Long served on the Board of Directors of NSTA as High School Director from June 2005-May 2007. He has also been a national teacher leader/trainer for the ACS ChemCom program since 1995, and has been involved with the Third, Fifth, and Sixth Editions of the ChemCom textbook. Long wrote a semi-annual column for the Journal of Chemical Education from 1997-2010; he has written commentary articles for The Science Teacher; and he has co-authored a chapter with Dr. Mary Kirchhoff for the ACS publication, Chemistry and the National Science Education Standards, 2 Ed. Most recently, Long is serving as an advisor to the Arkansas Department of Education assisting with developing the new Arkansas K-8 and 9-12 Science Standards based on the NGSS.