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

Research interests: English education and moral philosophy

Recent publications/projects

  • Collin, R. (book under contract). Literature and Ethics in High School English Classes: Reading Together with Moral Vision. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Collin, R. (in press). Of mice, men, and ethics: Literary study and moral concern for nonhuman animals. To be published in Journal of Philosophy of Education.
  • Collin, R. (2022). A teacher’s moral argument against over-testing. English Journal, 111(6), 19- 21.
  • Collin, R. (2021). Literary study as an education in moral perception and imagination. Ethics and Education, 16(4), 478-491.


Ross Collin studies how, when students read literature together in schools, they imagine and reimagine the moral good. On this view, he argues, reading education is moral education.

Collin’s studies of English education are informed by his experiences teaching in West Chicago, Illinois. 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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