Carolyn B Ross

Contact Information:

Office Phone: 650- 723-8244
Office Location:
Sweet Hall 3rd Floor, Rm 326, 590 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Office Hours:

T/TH 01:00pm-02:00pm


There is nothing I enjoy more than teaching writing, research, multimodal composition, and oral communication to Stanford undergraduates and coaching graduate and undergraduate students alike in their writing processes - except, perhaps, being immersed in my own. I teach writing from the inside out, as a practitioner -- a poet, fiction writer, essayist, book author, photographer, videographer, graphic designer, audiographer, and teacher-performer. I believe that research and effective communication in any discipline, medium, or genre demands first a deep and sometimes unsettling process of discovery and rediscovery before it can be crafted into a clear and elegant argument for its intended audience. I endeavor to connect my teaching of writing, rhetoric, and research -- and my students' interests in them -- to topics that are academically intriguing, publicly relevant, and personally compelling. My areas of particular academic interest are eco-literature, where writing is a means of making connections among academic disciplines as well as between personal and social discourse, and community-based writing, where writing is a means of bridging communities and bringing about social change.

I have my B.A. in English and Education from Skidmore College and my M.F.A. in Writing from the University of Oregon. I taught my first college writing class in 1975 and my first at Stanford University in 1989. Many of my Program in Writing and Rhetoric classes are community-based service-learning courses. I directed PWR's Community Writing Project from 2003-2007. In addition to teaching courses in writing and rhetoric, I am a Digital Media and general writing consultant at the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, and I work with Ph.D. students across the disciplines through the Center's Dissertation Bootcamps.

My poetry and fiction have appeared in The American Scholar, Bennington Review, Calyx, Salmagundi, and Writing in a Nuclear Age (University Press of New England), among other publications. I have authored two writing texts: Writing Nature: An Ecological Reader for Writers (St. Martin's Press) and Writing for Real: A Handbook for Writers in Community Service, with coauthor Ardel Thomas (Longman Publishers).


Writing Nature: Discourses in Ecology, Culture, and Technology