Mary Jo Ross
What is your current job title and responsibilities?
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foodservice and Lodging Management, Rosen College of Hospitality Management and past Director of Events.
What is your history at UCF? (past job titles, responsibilities)
I began as an Adjunct Professor in May 2001 while working at Universal Orlando and moved to a Visiting Assistant Professor for two years while completing my PhD in the UCF College of Education. I have had several roles and while at UCF and started several student organizations during my tenure. I was also awarded the “Teacher of the Year” in 2002 and 2012.
What is your favorite UCF memory?
#1 My graduation from the College of Education with my PhD and
#2 Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Rosen College in 2003
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
Not a thing: I believe we have had terrific growth and development and only hope we continue on the same path. Charge On!
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Do not fall into the politics and games of those around you and maintain your own integrity no matter what. Do not become a part of others’ ambitions and lack of judgment especially if it doesn’t a line with your own.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
As a Restaurant Management professor and prior restaurateur, there are many however Italian and BBQ are always favorites for me. Restaurants and foods reflect emotions but for me but the meals I have spent with my loved ones around my own table have always been the best.
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
President John Hitt. I have a deep respect and admiration for him and what he has accomplished here at UCF and I would like to thank him and let him know how honored I am to have been a part of his success.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
Dr. Dick Cornell (retired) and Dr. Frank Juge. Both men gave me guidance while transitioning from corporate to academic life that was extremely useful and insightful. They taught and reminded me of the gift it is to teach others.