Kate Crane, PhD

Associate Professor
PAT 229A
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  • Rhetoric
  • User Experience
  • Technical Communication
  • Digital Writing
  • Writing Pedagogy


Dr. Crane is an associate professor of English specializing in technical communication, rhetoric, and writing studies at Eastern Washington University. She currently serves as the director of English Composition and as the director of the B.A. in English Studies. Her current research focuses on how user experience can improve building systems (websites, processes, etc.) for marginalized communities. She also studies how UX can be used for curricular and programmatic design, and she has used this area of knowledge to help revamp programs at EWU. In addition to this work, Dr. Crane has worked on UCD and usability projects for EyeGuide and the University of North Texas Libraries’ Portal to Texas History. She co-edited (with Dr. Kelly Cargile Cook) User Experience as Innovative Academic Practice, co-authored (with Brian Still) Fundamentals of User-Centered Design: A Practical Approach and has published in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication and Communication Design Quarterly. Crane earned her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in Technical Communication and Rhetoric in 2015.

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