Ross Chowles

Ross Chowles

Academic Specialist/Professor of Practice

Department
  • Advertising + Public Relations
chowlesr@msu.edu

Biography

Ross Chowles attended the Johannesburg high school for art, ballet and music. His artistic skills landed him a job as a junior art director in advertising in 1980. Since then, Chowles has spent his time creating advertising, and helping others create advertising, that impacts consumers.

In 1994, Chowles co-founded The Jupiter Drawing Room: Cape Town Africa’s most awarded independent advertising agency. Over the years, The Jupiter Drawing Room has won gold, silver and bronze awards in all the major award shows. Chowles has also served as a judge at these same award shows from Cannes X2 and One Show X2.

Chowles has had the privilege of judging all over the globe, from Canada to South Korea. In 2015, he was appointed to the international board of the One Club. He has participated every year in One Show’s China workshop since 2003.

Roles & Responsibilities

Chowles will teach graduate students in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. He says the one real skill he picked up working in advertising is the ability to understand people and how to motivate them—something he says that manifests through his teaching as an MSU academic specialist/professor of practice.

Key Research Interest

Chowles will teach graduate students in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He says the one real skill he picked up working in advertising is the ability to understand people and how to motivate them—something he says that manifests through his teaching as an MSU academic specialist/professor of practice.

Recent Awards

Chowles and his independent advertising agency have received numerous gold, silver and bronze awards from South African and international organizations, including:

  • Clio Epica Cannes One Show
  • Clio
  • Epica
  • Cannes
  • One Show
  • D&AD
  • Art Directors Club of New York
  • New York Festivals
  • London International

Chowles has also judged numerous international and local events, including:

  • Cannes (twice)
  • One Show (twice)
  • Clio
  • Art Directors Club of New York
  • Ad Stars South Korea (twice)
  • One Show China
  • Local award show (27 times)
Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd, Room
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824