Joseph D. Ross, Ph.D. is an ethical, student-centered, and creative educator with demonstrated success as an instructor, program director, and communication/organizational management consultant.
Throughout a 25 year career, he has taught in various formats to both adult and traditional student populations, has presented scholarship in the areas of project management, listening, and adult/child communication in youth athletics, and has been recognized for teaching excellence at both the university and corporate levels. With an approach that marries strong theoretical foundation with practical application, his coursework ranges from Organizational Behavior and Small Group Dynamics to Storytelling, Intercultural Communication, and Advanced Public Speaking.
Ross has contributed to the growth of traditional and adult programs with a focus on innovative faculty development, individualized student service, and meaningful collaboration among internal and external college stakeholders. He has developed faculty workshops including Optimizing the Classroom: Stars, Strugglers, and the Solid Middle, Ensuring Student Success and Institutional Viability through Exceptional Student Advising, and Synergy and Accountability versus Hiding and Resentment in Small Group Projects.
Ross has delivered communication and organizational consulting, development, and training services with both local and global teams to Fortune 100 companies as well as small nonprofit organizations. His areas of specialty include leadership development, project management, group dynamics, problem solving, and organizational culture change.
Concurrently, Ross has served as a basketball coach at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels and has twice been named Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (Division III Men’s Basketball). This track follows his doctoral dissertation (Winning Messages? Adult to Child Communication in the Culture of Youth Athletics) and research interests in the areas of self-concept, family dynamics, and sports communication, where he has presented to both academic and community organizations.
Ross earned his Ph.D. in Public Communication from The University of Maryland, College Park, his M.A. in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication from Emerson College, and his B.A. in Speech Communication from Rider College.