Jodi Henderson-Ross, Ph.D

Jodi Henderson-Ross, Ph.D

Title: Assistant Professor of Instruction
Dept/Program: Sociology
Office: Olin Hall 275A
Phone: (330) 972-7165
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Dr. Henderson-Ross’ research interests include ethnographic inquiry in neighborhood settings.  The primary focus of her earlier research was to explore the cultural mechanisms and social processes which drive residents’ efforts to maintain local conditions of safety and order in a gentrifying neighborhood.  Dr. H’s goal is to engage rigorous qualitative inquiry with a grounded theory approach to provide theoretical elaboration of more general approaches to understanding informal social processes.   She has integrated this research experience with her classroom teaching by offering experiential learning special topics courses including “Street Crime” and “Ethnography.”

Research Accomplishments

Brightspace Excellence Award, Awarded by D2L, Washington,  D.C., July 2016
Faculty Mentor Award, Awarded by Alpha Kappa Delta, The University of Akron, April 2016
I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Award, Most Valuable Faculty Member of the College of Arts and Sciences, Awarded by Mortar Board, The University of Akron, April 2016
Quality Matters Online Course Certification, Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2015 to present
SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award, $600, April 2014
Future Faculty Program Certification, North Central Sociological Association, April 2014
Feminist Mentor Award, Committee for Research on Women and Gender, The University of Akron, November 2014 Committee for Research on Women and Gender, The University of Akron, November 2013
Barbara J. Stephens Dissertation Award, Institute for Health and Social Policy, $500, April 2009
Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award, Institute for Teaching and Learning, The University of Akron, April 2008
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, The University of Akron, April 2008
Certificate in Gender Conflict, Center for Conflict Management, Spring 2006


  • The University of Akron, PhD, Sociology, 2014
  • The University of Akron, MA, Sociology, 2005
  • The University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate coursework, Interdisciplinary Program in Social Psychology, 1994-1997
  • The University of Akron, BA, Psychology, Certificate in Women’s Studies, 1994


Introduction to Sociology

Sociological Theories


Sociology of Deviant Behavior

Sociology of Law

Sociological Social Psychology

Sociology Through Film

Special Topics: Street Crime

Special Topics: Ethnographic Methods

Special Topics: Mindfulness in Organizations and Communities

UnClass: Skills for Community Engagement