Ross Collin, Ph.D.

Professor, Teaching and Learning

Ross Collin, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A. in curriculum and instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. in English and education, University of Iowa

Research interests

English education and literacy; critical theory; discourse; social, political and economic contexts of schooling; urban education

Career highlights

  • Received the VCU School of Education Distinguished Scholarship Award in 2015
  • Received the VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund Grant Award for 2014-15
  • Editorial board member for the Reading Research Quarterly journal

Recent publications/projects

  • Collin, R. (2015). Introducing Jameson to Critical Discourse Analysis. Published online first in Critical Discourse Studies.
  • Collin, R. (2014). A Bernsteinian analysis of content area literacy. The Journal of Literacy Research, 46(3), 306-329.
  • Collin, R. (2014). English and the knowledge economy: A critical analysis. Changing English, 21(4), 383-392.


Dr. Ross Collin studies education in times of socioeconomic transformation. Specifically, he studies how different people seek (and have sought) to change language arts education in response to perceived crises (e.g., fiscal crises of the state).

In his recent articles, Collin has examined and critiqued arguments for aligning English classes with knowledge economies. Collin’s studies of language arts education are informed by his experiences teaching English in West Chicago, Ill. He builds on and adapts his own classroom practices in his work with students training to become English teachers.

English Journal articles using models of ethics identified in Collin’s 2020 English Journal article “Four Models of Literature and Ethics.”

Curriculum Vitae

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