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Assistant Professor, Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management

Pictured is SAEM Assistant Professor Kendra Ross. Photo by Emma Federkeil.Contact Information


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Community Engagement, Point Park University
  • Master of Arts, Anthropology, The New School for Social Research
  • Master of Arts, Liberal Studies, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
  • Bachelor of Music, Music Business and Technology, New York University

Courses Taught 

  • Introduction to Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management
  • Event Management
  • Pioneer Records
  • Talent Booking and Management
  • Community Engagement in the Arts


Kendra Ross, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of sports, arts and entertainment management in the Rowland School of Business at Point Park University. Prior to this position, Ross spent 17 years at Universal Music Group where she most recently served as their director of label process operations. Ross is also an accomplished songwriter, independent recording artist, session vocalist and music producer who has recorded and shared stages across the United States with internationally-renowned artists and musicians.

In addition to teaching, Ross is currently a partner with ACT3 Consulting Partners, LLC, a firm specializing in arts/culture, community and technology-driven projects focusing on community development and engagement, event management, communication technology, entertainment production and diversity and inclusion for local clients such as: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center, UniSound and McAuley Ministries.

Curriculum Vitae 

Research and Teaching Interests 

  • The Business of Music and Entertainment
  • Big Data and the Entertainment Industry
  • Arts Administration
  • Community Engagement and the Arts
  • Social Justice and the Arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Critical Geography

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Paul Ross Award for Excellence in Education, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 2018
  • Keyword International Fellowship, Carnegie International, 2018
  • Emerging Leader in Civic Leadership, Hill Community Development Corporation 30th Anniversary Awards, 2017
  • Artist Grant (with artist, Lori Hepner), The Opportunity Fund, 2017
  • Small Arts Initiative Grant (with artist, Lori Hepner), Heinz Endowments, 2017

Selected Presentations

  • "Use of Self: Dialog and Deliberation," co-presented with Jamesena Talbott, Ph.D., NCC, Community Engagement Institute, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pa., September 2019.
  • "When and Where We Gather: The (Un)Certain Future of Womanism," Roundtable Participant, National Women's Studies Association, Atlanta, Ga., 2018.
  • "Freedom Dreams: A Black Feminist Exploration of Cultural Work in the Hill District of Pittsburgh," Presenter, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Indianapolis, Ind., 2018.
  • "Intersection*ology - Feminist Art, Technology and Community Engagement," Presenter/Performer, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Durban, South Africa, 2018.
  • "Organize to Preserve and Promote Hill District Art," Panelist, Sixth Annual Community Development Summit: The Power of Place, Pittsburgh, PA, 2016.
  • "What Would Baldwin Do? -- Exploring the Responsibility of the Artist in Contemporary Society," Panelist, James Baldwin International Conference at American University of Paris, Paris, France, 2016.
  • "The Mozart and the Mogul: An Independent Artist's Guide to the Music Business," Facilitator, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2015.

Community Service and Leadership

  • Pittsburgh Symphony Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Member, 2019-present
  • Apollo Theater, Young Patrons Committee, 2018-present
  • #ArtsINHD - Hill District Neighborhood Arts Plan Committee, Co-Chair, 2016-present
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Community Advisory Board, Co-Chair, 2016-2019

Professional and Academic Affiliations

  • Music Business Association, Member
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Voting Member
  • Broadcast Music Incorporated, Writer and Publisher Affiliate
  • Women in Music, Member
  • American Association of Geographers, Member
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Member
  • National Women's Studies Association, Member

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