Saint Martin's courtyard fountain
June 1, 2016

LACEY, Wash. – Jeff Crane, Ph.D., has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Martin’s University.

Crane comes to Saint Martin’s from his position as associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

In his role as associate dean at the University of the Incarnate Word, one of the major parts of his job involved the hiring, orientation and review of the approximately 135 part-time faculty members. Crane advocated measures to improve part-time faculty teaching and their development and continued employment at UIW. Another important component of his position was the regular management of student complaints about faculty and resolution of academic integrity issues.

While at UIW, Crane assisted departments with assessment and outcomes development and evaluation while conducting assessment evaluations of university-wide outcomes for the 2015 SACS accreditation. Crane has also played a critical role in sustainability efforts, assisting in the writing of a proposal for a sustainability office that was successful and funded, as well as helping to green the curriculum.

He is co-editor of the book, “The Politics of Hope: Grassroots Organizing, Environmental Justice, and Social Change” (University of Colorado Press), to be released in late 2016 – early 2017. He is author of books that include, “The Environment in History: Nature and The Formation of the United States” (Routledge Press), and “Finding the River: An Environmental History of the Elwha River” (Oregon State University Press), which earned him distinction as a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2011.

Crane also served as assistant and, later, as associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas; visiting assistant professor of history at Western Illinois University and assistant professor of history at Culver-Stockton College, in Canton, Missouri.

Crane earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in history at Washington State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from The Evergreen State College.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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