I'm a professor in Auburn University's Master of Technical and Professional Communication Program in the Department of English, the Editor of Communication Design Quarterly , co-director of Auburn's Lab for Usability, Communication, Interaction, and Accessibility (LUCIA), and the Director of Graduate Studies for the English Department.
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.
Office Hours: I am available in person from 1:00 - 3:00 on Wednesdays and by appointment. I am happy to meet via Zoom during these hours as well (or by appointment).
My office (and digital space) is a safe space for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of race, color, creed, class, religion, political affiliation, or gender or sexual identity.
Email: derek (dot) ross (at) auburn.edu
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.
Office: 8072 Haley Center
Mail: 9030 Haley Center, Auburn University, AL 36849-5203