Since August 2006, Dr. Ross has been serving as the Chair in the Department of Law Enforcement & Justice Administration at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. From 1992 to 2006 Dr. Ross taught criminal justice courses at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and was the Director of the Forensic Sciences Minor. He was the Chair of the department from 1999 to 2002. He was awarded the Scholar of the year award by the ECU Department of Criminal Justice in 2006, the Distinguished Scholar/Professor Award by the ECU Chancellor in April 2004 and in 1997 he was awarded the “Outstanding Teaching Award,” by the NC Criminal Justice Educators Association.
From 1985 to 1992 he worked for the Criminal Justice Institute at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. While at CJI he conducted research and provided training for police and correctional agencies, taught subject control tactics and physical conditioning in the police academy, and also taught academic courses. He was a thirteen year veteran with the MI Department of Corrections, working at SPSM as an officer, a Unit Manager of a psychiatric cell block of 500 prisoners, a probation officer, and academy instructor. He is a member of ten professional criminal justice educational and training associations.