Dr. Ruth Derksen is a Senior Instructor with the Department of Civil Engineering and Materials Engineering. Dr. Derksen completed a PhD (2008) in the “Philosophy of Language” at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Her BA (1995) and MA (1999) at Simon Fraser University focused on discourse analysis, genre theory and rhetoric. Dr. Derksen currently teaches professional communication courses and has designed new curricula that integrate these courses into various engineering departments.

Research Interests

Guiding graduate and undergraduate students in Applied Science with the language proficiencies, knowledge of rhetorical strategies and genre expectations of their profession; assisting students to succeed as professionals in both their scholarly writing and speaking; investigation of the gap between international students’ assumptions about success and an Applied Science professor’s measurement of that success.