The STC Academic SIG is a community of educators, practitioners, and students. We mentor young professionals to become future leaders in the field of technical communication and support the exchange of knowledge between academia and industry. In order to accomplish these goals, we have adopted the following strategic plan for 2013:
- Support student priorities and participation in STC through
- hosting the student poster competition and aligning the judging of that competition with the STC International Summit Awards Entry Assessment
- participating in the development of a mentoring program and database
- supporting cross-organizational collaborations
- offering student-centered webinars
- serving as leaders in STC society-level student initiatives
- Serve as leaders in the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge initiative
- Increase our visibility and contributions to STC and the field of technical communication through STC publications
- Encourage dialog between practitioners, educators, and students by hosting the STC Academic Partnership Pre-Conference
- Offer webinars that support the interests of the SIG membership
I just returned from STC Summit 2013 in Atlanta. It was a wonderful experience. I learned about the latest trends in technical communication so that I can bring them back to my students, and I networked with many people (educators and practitioners) who are interested in preparing students to become excellent practitioners.
We saw a definite upsurge in interest in student members, which was punctuated by the entire STC Board of Directors attending the student poster competition. We announced the launch of the new Mentorboard. And, we celebrated with the members and friends of our SIG who were award winners this year. Let me share just a few of those honors with you:
- For the second year, the Academic SIG was recognized as an STC Community of Excellence
- Craig Baehr, Texas Tech University and a member of the SIG Administrative Council, was named an Associate Fellow
- Bethany Bowles, University of Central Florida, received an Academic SIG Volunteer of the Year award for her work with student mentoring
- Samantha Gale, Appalachian State University, won first place in the student poster competition
- Sally Henschel and Carol Anne Wall, members of the SIG Administrative Council, received Distinguished SIG Service Awards
- Mak Pandit, Technowrites Pvt. Ltd., India, was named an Associate Fellow
- Kirk St.Amant, East Carolina University, was honored with the Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching
- Dan Voss, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, won both a President’s Award and an Academic SIG Volunteer of the Year award for his work with student mentoring
I send sincere congratulations to these and other award winners. In addition, STC inducted four new students into the honor society Sigma Tau Delta. It was a good year! Please join our winning team in the work of creating another year of support for educating the technical communication professionals of tomorrow.
Pam Estes Brewer, Ph.D.
Manager, Academic SIG