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Donna L. Ross

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice
School of Social Science & Humanities

(617) 928-4660


Associate Professor & Program Coordinator – Criminal Justice Program

School of Social Science & Humanities

JD. University of Baltimore, Baltimore Maryland

B.A. Behavioral Sciences – University of Maryland, College Park


Prior to becoming an educator, Associate Professor Ross practiced law as a defense attorney engaged in bench and jury trials, as well as practicing appellate work encompassing brief writing and appellate oral argument before the highest courts in the state of Maryland. She also served as an Administrative Law Judge for the state of Maryland, rendering oral and written decisions in a variety of cases for 30 state agencies. Ross has been admitted to the Bar in the states of Maryland, Florida and Massachusetts, and is a member of the Federal Bar in the state of Maryland. She is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar Association.

Associate Professor Ross advises students to “focus on critical thinking and interpersonal skills; understanding the importance of working with people from all walks of life. Regardless of career path, dedication and commitment to ethical decision making will always be a most important component of the job.”

She teaches a variety of courses in Criminal Justice, and is inspired when she sees one of her students set a high goal and work to achieve it. “Whether it is earning excellence in a particular class, or getting into law or graduate school, being able to see the pride and self-confidence shine through in a student is one of my highest rewards!”