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Derek Ross

Derek Ross


Director of Graduate Studies


Derek Ross

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8072 Haley Center

Office Hours

Monday 2:00-3:30 pm

Wednesday 2:00-3:00 pm


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.