Dr. Ross arrived at Lycoming in 1998 as an assistant professor of sociology and was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2011. Her teaching interests have included core curriculum courses within the Anthropology-Sociology Department as well as elective courses such as Sociology of Law, Sociology of War and the Military, Family Sociology, and the first-year seminar “People and Pups: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies.” She is the recipient of two teaching awards from Lycoming College — the Howard C. Berthold Faculty Research & Information Competencies Award in 2012 and the 2002 Junior 学院 Teaching Award. She also received a graduate student teaching award from the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Sociology. As a full-time administrator, her passion for teaching is now channeled into helping create and facilitate enhanced academic experiences for all Lycoming College students.
Along with Lycoming alumnus Dr. Michael Musheno (’69), Dr. Ross wrote Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq (University of Michigan Press, 2008), and she is the editor of American Families Past and Present (Rutgers University Press, 2006). Her most recent publications include the 2011 book chapter “Fighting Two Protracted Wars: Recruiting and Retention with an All-Volunteer Force” in The Routledge Handbook of War and Society and a 2014 article, “21st Century American Military Families: A Review in the Context of the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” published through the on-line journal Sociology Compass. She is also a regular reviewer of manuscripts and books for the journal Armed Forces & Society.