Kathryn Ross

Kate Ross

Professor of the Practice of Social Work; Assistant Dean for Field Educa

What I do

Currently I am the Director of the Denver Campus MSW Program, overseeing the day-to-day operations of our 2 year and Advanced Standing Programs, focused on quality, equity, and inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty.


civic and community engagement, community organizing and community development, culturally responsive practice, health and wellness, leadership and organizations, marginalized populations, social justice

Professional Biography

Associate Professor of the Practice of Social Work Kathryn (Kate) Ross has been teaching at GSSW since 2003 and was a member of GSSW's field education team from 2006 to 2015. Ross helped develop the foundation curriculum and the health and wellness concentration. Since 2019 Kate is the Director of the Denver Campus MSW Program. Working collaboratively with the Associate Dean of Academic affairs to coordinate the foundation curriculum and the advanced standing program, Kate is also responsible for the integration and cohesion of the educational experience including connecting the GSSW Field curriculum to the academic work.

Ross's favorite courses include Community Practice, Evolving Perspectives and Trends in Health and Wellness, Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan, Disability Studies, Advanced Standing Seminar and Mind Body Social Work. She serves as a field instructor for MSW students completing internships with Yoga for the People, an organization she founded. Ross strives to model authentic holistic social work practice as an advisor, in the classroom and in the field.

Ross recently completed a sabbatical project studying Art and Justice and is currently investigating the impact of community art on community voice and connection. Ross's other professional experience includes wilderness programming, social work with high-risk youth and families, statewide voter education, job training and program development. She served as faculty director of DU's Wellness Living & Learning Community from 2009-2015. Kate was the co-founder of GSSW's Inclusive Excellence Committee and served as Faculty Chair from 2016-2019. Her interest in community social work includes the integration of spirit and meaningful connection into daily practice.


  • MSW, Children, Youth, and Families, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, 1997
  • BA, Elementary Education, University of Pennsylvania, 1989


  • 2017 Champion of Change: Outstanding Department, Diversity Summit
  • Kay M. Stevenson Faculty Citizenship Award, GSSW
  • You Made a Positive Impact on Alumni, University of Denver
  • Engaged Faculty Institute, Campus Compact