Criminal Justice Program Director Presents Innovative Teaching Techniques

Living in a technology-driven society, our professors understand the importance of utilizing the internet for creative, engaging student learning. In the Criminal Justice Program, Donna L. Ross, Esq., Program Director and Assistant Professor, J.D., develops methods to enrich course material through the flipped classroom model where class time is devoted to exercises, projects, and hands-on discussions. This independent, interactive and technology-based “first exposure learning” attracts students on a modern-day level, and increases student participation.

International technology influence

A highly distinguished professor, Ross’ expertise and influence in technology integration have grown at the national and international level. She has presented her teaching strategies in New England and New Orleans. In 2012, she also shared her perspective at the International Association for Technology, Education and Development Conference (IATED) in Valencia, Spain.

“As an instructor, I believe in providing a supportive learning environment that challenges students to fulfill their potential, while enjoying and engaging in the learning process,” said Professor Ross. “I am always exploring new and innovative ways to achieve this goal in my classroom.”

Cutting-edge classroom experience

Professor Ross’ impressive experience in criminal justice not only prepares gradates for their careers, but creates exciting classroom discussions. A former criminal defense attorney in private practice, she was involved in criminal proceedings that included both jury and bench trials. Professor Ross also served as an administrative law judge to the State of Maryland. In this position, she presided over bench hearings involving over 500 different case types for over 30 state agencies. In addition, Ross represented criminal defendants before the highest Courts of Appeal in the State of Maryland.

Now, as an Assistant Professor, her interdisciplinary teaching combines the study of humanities, law, natural, behavioral and social sciences, balancing theoretical inquiry with applied knowledge. Both her passion and determination drives her to transform traditional learning to meet the ever-changing needs of future generations of students.