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Derek Ross

Derek Ross

Hargis Professor of Writing Studies



Derek Ross

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8072 Haley Center

Office Hours

Tuesday 2-4:30 pm, after class, or by appointment


PhD, Texas Tech University

About Me

Derek Ross received his PhD in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University. His current research interests include environment-related rhetoric in popular and modern culture, investigation of modern perceptions and use of commonplaces in environment-related rhetoric, and audience analysis techniques related to understanding perceptions of environment-related communication.

Research Interests

environmental rhetoric; ethics; design


  • Ross, D. G. (Ed.). (2017). Topic-driven environmental rhetoric. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. Honorable Mention for the 2018 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication.
  • Ross, D. G., Oppegaard, B., & Willerton, R. (2019). Principles of Place: Developing a place-based ethic for Discussing, Debating, and Anticipating Technical Communication Concerns. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 62(1), 4–26.
  • Ross, D. G., & Parks, M. (2018). Mutual respect in an ethic of care: A collaborative essay on power, trust, and stereotyping. Teaching Ethics. DOI: 10.5840/tej2018112156
  • Ross, D. G. (2017). The role of ethics, culture, and artistry in scientific illustration. Technical Communication Quarterly, 26(2), 145–172.