Charles O. Ross
Charles O. Ross joined the faculty as an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University in 1970. In addition to his teaching responsibilities Professor Ross served as the inaugural Chairperson of the Black Studies Department. Professor Ross has been a recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award in the College of Social Work and served as Faculty Advisor to Mwanafunzi, the local undergraduate chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers.
Beyond his academic endeavors, Professor Ross has played an active role in electoral politics at the local and national level. Professor Ross served as a key kitchen cabinet member in the successful grass roots campaign effort to elect Richard Hatcher as the first African American mayor in Gary, Indiana and as a political consultant to the campaign to elect Harold Washington, the first African American mayor in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, Professor Ross has served as a delegate to the 1984 Democratic National Convention for presidential candidate Jesse Jackson and has distinguished himself in the Columbus community as an educator, community activist and public speaker.
Professor Ross has been married to Ruth F. Ross for 47 years and they have two adult sons, Charles and Marcus.