Mark E. Crane
284 E. 1910 S.
Campus page: http://www.uvu.edu/profpages/profiles/show/user_id/1061
Ph.D. Composition and Rhetoric. University of Louisville.
Major Emphases: Teaching writing with technology; research
methodologies; composition theory and pedagogy
Minor Emphases: Literary theory; American literature; History of
M.A. English Literature, emphasis in Composition and American
Literature (1996); Portland State University.
B.A. English Literature (1992); Brigham Young University, Provo
Tenure-Track instructor Utah Valley State College Fall 2002 –
Classes taught include first-year composition, Introduction to the
English Major, Technical and Professional Communications, Advanced
Technical Writing, English 3090: Advanced Writing for English
Majors. These have all been taught in networked classrooms.
• English 1010: Introduction to
• English 2010: Research Writing
• English 2020: Research Writing for Science
and Technology Majors
• English 2130: Introduction to Science
• English 2310: Introduction to Technical
• English 2790: Introduction to the English
• English 3040: History of the English
• English 3090/4800: Advanced Writing for
• English 4310: Advanced Technical
Assistant Writing Program Administrator Fall 2012 –
Chair, Department Technical Writing Committee. 2007-2012
Advisor. Warp and Weave. Student speculative fiction
journal. Spring 2008.
Member, Writing Studies Committee. 2011 - Present
Faculty representative. Web Advisory Committee. Fall 2007 –
Faculty Senator. Fall 2007 - 2009
Chair. Department of English Job search committee. Fall 2006 –
Spring 2007. Hired Dr. Gae Lynn Henderson.
Also worked on the search committee for our lecturer hire in
Summer, 2008, hiring Daniel Westover and Alicia Geary, and chaired
an emergency search (after the department’s initial search failed)
Summer, 2006, which was unsuccessful.
College of Humanities representative. IT steering
committee. 2003- 2008.
Assistant Writing Program Administrator. 2002-2005 (3.5 years)
Supervisor, Networked English Classrooms. 2002-Present
"Social Literacies in Networked Spaces."
Director: Dr. Bronwyn Williams
My study explores the importance of understanding the full
socio-material context of writing, including the literacy
histories of students entering technology-rich classrooms. I draw
my data from a semester-long ethnographic study that explores the
multiple contexts of student writing, ranging from the social and
historical to individual interactions with the multiple interfaces
involved in web writing. I examine how these local
literacies can erode the notion of a homogenous, nationalistic
notion of technological literacy and replace it with rich
descriptions of the systems of activity that sponsor the local
acquisition of technological literacy. Defended July, 2005.
“Writing Teachers Not Writing Software: Can Complete
N00bs Learn to Code?” Conference on College Composition and
Communication. March 2013. Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Starting conversations related to students and composing
spaces : Unicorns and Rainbows in First Year Composition.”
Computers and Writing Conference. 2011. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“Textual Economies and the Reconstruction of Technical Identities
in a Fan-Based, Analog Gaming Community.” Computers and Writing
Conference. 2010. West Lafayette, Indiana.
"The Cost of New Media: Tools and Their Discontents." Conference
on College Composition and Communication 2008. New Orleans,
Louisiana. Full session title: New Media: Exploring Tools,
Materiality and Space(#1567)
"At Play in the Fields of the Bored: the Convergence of
Digital Rhetoric, and Technical Communications.” Computer
Connection Workshop. Conference on College Composition and
Communication. 2007. New York, New York.
“Content Management in the Wild: Alternatives to Corporate
Courseware.” Computer Connection Workshop. Conference on College
Composition and Communication, 2006. Chicago, Illinois.
“Teaching Technical Communications with Course Management
Software.” Computer Connection Workshop. CCCC 2005. San Francisco,
“Dancing with the Devil: resisting, appropriating or redefining
compulsory courseware.” 2004 Computers and Writing Conference.
“Blogger: Almost Painless Web Publishing.” Computer Connection.
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver,
Colorado. March 2001
“Twiki.org: a demo of free groupware.” Computers and Writing
Online. April 5, 2001.
(transcript of session)
"Barbarians at the Gate? The Mainstreaming of Computers and
Composition." Computers and Writing 2000, Fort Worth, Texas. May
"A Walk on the Wild Side: Negotiating the Virtual Contact Zone of
the Student-Constructed Discourse Community." Conference on
College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia. March
“The Politics of the Search Engine: Dopplegangers and Desire.”
Computers and Writing 1999, Rapid City, South Dakota. May
“Email as Dialogue.” Conference on College Composition and
Communication, Chicago. March 1998.
“Student Web Authoring with Kwiki.” With Tony Scott. Computer
Connection, Conference on College Composition and Communication,
Chicago. March 1998.
"Fables of the Reconstruction: Stephen Foster, Foucault, and My
Old Kentucky Home State Park." Kentucky Philological Association,
Louisville, Kentucky. March 1998.
“Teaching Composition with Email Lists.” Presented at Oregon’s
Seventh Annual Conference on Composition and Rhetoric in Ashland,
Oregon May 1996.
“Composition Resources on the Internet.” Presented at Oregon’s
Sixth Annual Conference on Composition and Rhetoric in Albany,
Oregon, May 1995.
Graduate Instructor University of Louisville Fall
Taught first-year composition, the vast majority of the time in
Teaching Assistant Portland State University 1995-6
Taught first-year and advanced composition.
Writing Tutor Portland State University 1993-1995
Writing Tutor Brigham Young University 1990-1992
• Information Technologies Steering
Committee, HASS representative. 2003-2008
• Faculty Senate Representative.
• Writing Program Assistant Coordinator,
• Supervisor, English Computer Classrooms,
• Department Technology Support, January
• Assistant to Computer Aided Instruction
Director, 1998-Spring 2000.
• Writing Across the Curriculum assistant,
University of Louisville 1997-8.
• Assistant to Director of Composition, Portland
State University 1995-6.
Support January 2000-2013
As the full-time staff member responsible for technology in the
department of English, my responsibilities have included:
• Created a first year online writing
course in Canvas-Instructure which will be used by the department.
• Assisting instructors with their technology
needs, including offering instruction in web publishing.
• Conducting bi-weekly mentor groups for
instructors in network classrooms
• Troubleshooting student and instructor web
• Working with college and university
Information Technologies staff to resolve technology issues.
• Managing, maintaining, and repairing two
networked classrooms and all faculty and graduate computing
• Training writing center consultants with lab
• Informal mentoring of doctoral students with
language/technology project fulfillment.
• Workshops on pedagogical and administrative
uses of web publishing, email lists, and other technologies.
• Assistance with manuscript publication.
• Department web designer and maintainer (not
originally hired to do this, but someone had to!)
• Researching and recommending technology
• Learning many different software packages,
often on short notice.
• Maintaining productive working relationships
with multiple departments across campus.
• Installing and maintaining Linux and
windows-based servers for department use as collaborative writing
sites, web servers, and backup storage.
• I have managed the departmental email lists
over the past three years.
Founding member, English Graduate Organization Action Committee on
Material Working Conditions. 1999-2001.
English Graduate Organization Social Chair, 1999-2000
English Graduate Organization Secretary, 1998-1999
Professional Memberships and Electronic haunts:
National Council of Teachers of English.
Association for Teachers of Technical Writing