Derek G. Ross
Technical and Professional Communication, Auburn University Department of English

About Me

I'm an associate professor in Auburn University's Master of Technical and Professional Communication Program in the Department of English, and the incoming editor for Communication Design Quarterly.

My research interests include perceptions of environmental rhetoric, ethics, and document design. My edited collection, Topic-Driven Environmental Rhetoric (2017), is available from Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, and Amazon.

You can see me in an interview talking about my work with Aldo Leopold's land ethic at the 2015 International Professional Communication Conference here. More recently, I was featured in our Discover Auburn lecture series, where I gave a talk titled Earth First!: Communications and Radical Environmentalism.

Discover Auburn Lecture Series:”Earth First! Communications and Radical Environmentalism” from Auburn Libraries on Vimeo.

Contact Me

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:30, and by appointment. I often work in my office: if the door is open, you are welcome to stop in.

My office is a safe space for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of race, color, creed, class, religion, political affiliation, or gender identity.

Email: derek (dot) ross (at)

Pronouns: he/him/his

During the semester, I respond to email during business hours: between 8:00 and 5:00 M- F, excluding university holidays. I try to respond within 24 hours.

Phone:  334-844-9073

Office: 8072 Haley Center

Mail: 9030 Haley Center, Auburn University, AL 36849-5203

Cover for Topic-Driven Environmental Rhetoric Book