Dean Ross was an outstanding educator. She taught in both elementary and junior high schools. She was an elementary principal and a professor of English. At ETSU, she served as Dean of Women, Director of Student Personnel Services, and Dean of Students. She initiated and helped organize the first alumni chapters of the Alumni Association and served as president and secretary. Through the years Dean Ross worked with the Alumni Office, speaking to various chapters promoting the University. She received Freedom Foundation's George Washington Honor Award in 1968 and was named Johnson City's Woman of the Year in 1947 and its Woman of Achievement in 1970.