Senior Instructor I

2065 Kelley Engineering Center
Corvallis, OR 97331-5501
(541) 737-5418
(541) 737-1300


  • Doctor of Philosophy- Higher Education Leadership and Research (Research areas: service learning, program and curriculum design, postcolonialist educational theory, qualitative research in education, and Latina/o student higher education success factors)
    Oregon State University
    Corvallis, OR, 2016
  • Master of Arts– Composition and Rhetoric
    Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 2011
  • B.A. Degree in English and University Honors Studies
    Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2007


Dr. Rachael Cate received her MA in rhetoric and composition from Oregon State University in 2011 and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Research from Oregon State University in 2016. She joined the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University as a member of the professional faculty in 2016. In this role, she provides engineering communications instruction to students as they progress through the senior capstone project and develop relationships with project stakeholders in industry. She also supports engineering communications program development, research, and implementation. In addition to her Ph. D. research interests in service learning, program design, and qualitative research, she is also collaborating on research in the areas of communications-related success factors of recent engineering graduates in industry and effective tools for instructors of integrated engineering and communications courses.