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