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Adjunct Instructor

University of Central Oklahoma
mross@uco.edu (405) 974-5276 Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies LAN 203B , Box 167

About

I've been teaching as an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies at UCO for over 18 years. Currently, I'm teaching Social Psychology and Social Problems. I'm also a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. My husband and I started an IT and Managed Services Company,  LMRoss, Inc., over 20 years ago and haven't looked back.  

Teaching Philosophy

The most important thing that I’ve learned in all the years of parenting, teaching, and building a business is that Bill Nye is correct. “Everyone you meet knows something you don’t.” I believe in compassionate activism, that you have to learn to listen and listen to learn. Actively listen. Everyone’s reality is different. To make yourself understood, you must first understand others. This self-reflective and humanistic approach to communication is how I strive to improve, in teaching, in business, in parenting, in marriage, and in other human relationships. It’s integral to critical thinking and empathy. This is what I am passionate about. I’m no lecturer, but rather a facilitator. Bringing a classroom together, even online, to discuss theories and ideas, personal experiences, historical and current events, research studies, and ethical quandaries, and to apply and question what we’ve learned, without fear and judgment, is exactly what classroom education is about. “Education is what happens when a small group of people comes together to understand something new.”    

Classes Taught

Courses taught in the past: Intro to Sociology, Social Problems, Social Psychology. Sociological Research and Statistics I, Sexual Assault and Society, Intimate Partner and Family Violence, Individual Study in Sociology-Conflict Resolution.

Education and Certifications

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK— Master of Science Forensic Science-Technical Investigations
August 2002 - May 2005
Forensic Science Practicum with Tom Bevel in crime scene investigation/reconstruction.

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK— Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology
August 1996 -May 2001
Master's Thesis: DOES PARENTAL STATUS AFFECT PERCEPTIONS OF INFIDELITY?
Graduate Assistant for Dept of Soc/CJ/SAS
Vice-President of Psi Chi

Central State University, Edmond, OK— Bachelor of Business Administration
August 1987 - May 1991
Alpha Chi graduate, Dean’s Honor Roll
 

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