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Derek Ross

Derek Ross Associate Professor
8072 Haley Center
(334) 844-9073
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Office Hours

  • Wednesday 1-2:45 pm & by appt.


Derek Ross received his Ph.D. 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.

Representative Publications

  • Ross, D. G. (2012). Ambiguous weighting and nonsensical sense: The problems of "balance" and "common sense" as decision-making heuristics in environmental rhetoric. Social Epistemology, 26(1), 115-144.
  • Schwartzman, R., Ross, D. G., & Berube, D. M. (2011). Rhetoric and Risk. Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), 7(1).
  • Ross, D. G. (2011). Against fear: Barry Lopez and lessons for communicators. Mother Pelican, 7(7).
  • Ross, D. G. (2011). Environmental rhetoric, ethics, and policy: Teaching engagement. Present Tense, 2(1).
  • Ross, D. G. (2009). Ars Dictaminis perverted: The personal solicitation email as a genre. The Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 39, 25-41.

Last Updated: January 22, 2019