Sociology: Vice Provost, Professor
Special Interest: Sociology of Family, Military Sociology, Sociology of Law, Social Stratification, and Human-Animal Studies
Susan M. Ross, Ph.D., vice provost, directs Academic Services, the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences, the first-year seminar program, and institutional retention strategies.
Dr. Ross arrived at Lycoming in 1998 as an assistant professor of sociology and was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2011. Her teaching interests have included core curriculum courses within the Anthropology-Sociology Department as well as elective courses such as Sociology of Law, Sociology of War and the Military, Family Sociology, and the first-year seminar “People and Pups: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies.” She is the recipient of two teaching awards from Lycoming College — the Howard C. Berthold Faculty Research & Information Competencies Award in 2012 and the 2002 Junior Faculty Teaching Award. She also received a graduate student teaching award from the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Sociology. As a full-time administrator, her passion for teaching is now channeled into helping create and sustain institutional infrastructures that support the educational experiences of all Lycoming College students. Her commitment to student education within the context of the pandemic was recognized by Lycoming’s Student Senate through the Mikisu Award, presented at the 2021 Honors Convocation.
Along with Lycoming alumnus Dr. Michael Musheno (’69), Dr. Ross wrote Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq (University of Michigan Press, 2008), and she is the editor of American Families Past and Present (Rutgers University Press, 2006). Among her other publications are “Fighting Two Protracted Wars: Recruiting and Retention with an All-Volunteer Force” in The Routledge Handbook of War and Society and a 2014 article, “21st Century American Military Families: A Review in the Context of the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” published through the on-line journal Sociology Compass.