Her scholarship focuses on rural teacher preparation and retention, rural place-attachment and the intersections of rural cultures and rural schooling. Her current research concerns stakeholder priorities in remote, island schools.
Dr. Longhurst serves as a liason to the Oregon Teacher Workforce Summit and the Southern Oregon Education Consortium. She is an active member of the American Educational Research Association’s Rural Education Special Interest Group and of the rural education research community.
She is also an advocate for faculty and students at small, regional, teaching institutions to engage in rural education research.
Their, M., Longhurst, J. M., Grant, P. D., & Hocking, J. (2019). Research deserts: A systematic mapping review of U.S. rural education definitions, geographies, and methods. Under Review.
Longhurst, J.M. (2017) “To Be There is Important: Place-Attachment in Rural Community College Students as Motivation for Staying Local,” Texas Education Review: Vol. 5, Iss.1, pp. 24-39.
Longhurst, J. M. (2012) “Incorporating Rural and Farm Novels in the Secondary School Classroom: Where We Come From is Who We Are,” Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education: Vol. 4: Iss. 3, Article 6.