After completing a BA in Journalism at Penn State and three years as a commissioned officer in Destroyer Force Atlantic (CIC, Operations, air control), Craig Sanders came west to teach Operations and Navigation as an assistant professor of Naval Science at the University of Idaho.
He then joined the English department as Acting Assistant Instructor and completed a Master of Arts degree in English. He combined English with Journalism in a four-year teaching position at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA. He spent a year teaching Freshman Composition at the University of Washington then joined the faculty of Bellevue Community College. There he taught literature, writing, journalism, and radio broadcasting; he founded the college’s weekly tabloid The Jibsheet and in 1973, was the founding manager of KBCS-FM. He also pursued a doctorate in medieval literature from which he withdrew to serve as Humanities administrator at BCC.
He served as president of the faculty union and later as president of the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators. He returned to the University of Washington to study folklore and communication, completing a degree of Master of Communication in 1980. He also attended two workshops in Teaching
Technical Writing—one at the University of Washington, one at the University of Minnesota. And he completed the 18-credit technical writing sequence in the U.W.’s Continuing Education program.
After retiring from full-time teaching in 1994, he accepted the opportunity to teach writing and folklore for an association of international students at the University of London. He returned to Washington to work as technical writer for a Bellevue manufacturer and then as publisher/editor for a software trade association. He began teaching online in 1998 as well as “on the ground” in 2001 at the University of Washington (Tacoma) in the Computer Science program. He also began teaching at Boeing in 1999 through the Oregon Tech Manufacturing Engineering program—once again literature, composition, and technical writing.
He has no plans to retire again.