Academic COI Leadership

Academic Community of Interest Manager

Typically, we have a number of people leading the community. If you're interested, let us know! With the Assistant Manager, the manager coordinates the business of the community acting as a liaison to STC and the SIG leadership structure. She attends monthly SIG Leadership meetings and administers budget. She arranges meetings with AC SIG leadership and plans AC SIG involvement at the annual STC Summit. Carolyn Luttrell, Facilitator Carolyn is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware where she teaches technical writing and writing in the sciences. She brings to the academic world 39 years as a professional writer in corporate America, 23 of which were at DuPont. Carolyn is an Associate Fellow. Contact her at

Assistant SIG Manager

In addition to serving as assistant SIG manager, coordinates the Student Infographics competition. This position is currently open for a facilitating volunteer.


Ann Wiley, Advocate Ann is an instructional developer and technical writer, working through her business, Ann L. Wiley Consultants, Inc. She is manager of the Spectrum conference of the Rochester Chapter. Ann founded the Quality SIG, has managed five others, and volunteers in most of the COIs and COPs. Ann is an STC Fellow.

Communications Director (website and newsletter)

This volunteer maintains the Academic COI website and uploads the newsletter. This position is currently open for a volunteer.

Contributing Writer

Ben Durham, Contributing Writer Ben is a freelance writer/career changer who is transitioning from the field of education to technical writing. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. Ben recently earned his CPTC and is currently working on his first novel.

List Manager

The Academic COI List Manager maintains the community's discussion and announcement lists. There is no reporting associated with this role. The SSIG's membership information is maintained by the SIG's Membership Manager and is gathered and stored with the STC main office and is available only to authorized people who may pull community membership reports. There is no budget associated with this role.  Requirements for the position include access to the Internet and an email address. Experience with Mailman mailing list application is a skill that is nice to have. The time commitment for the role is approximately 0.5 hours per month. The position is assigned by the SIG Manager. Beth Bailey, Faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce Beth has served as the Academic SIG discussion list manager for a number of years. She has worked as a technical communicator, trainer, and leader of the training function. Beth is a Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication.  She is a recipient of the STC Lone Star Chapter's Binion Amerson Leadership Award, the International Society for Performance Improvement's Service Award, the STC's Outstanding Service Award, STC's Service Award for the Newsletter Competition manager role from 2005-2008, 2005 President's Award,  and the Dallas Association for Talent Development's Volunteer of the Year Award in 2018. Beth has presented at STC's annual conferences since 2005.

COI Administrative Council Advisor

Craig Baehr, Ph.D, Texas Tech University Develops and implements programs that directly support the priorities as identified by the SIG membership. These programs, such as informational webinars, may also provide some income for the SIG beyond the basic STC funds. From 2010-2015, Craig coordinated the SIG’s website, newsletter, and blog as well as evaluated other media and social networking options that might facilitate the business of the SIG. Baehr_C Craig is an STC Associate Fellow and Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University. He is program director of the STC Academic SIG, Co-Chair of the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge project, and faculty sponsor for the STC Texas Tech University Student chapter. He is author of Web Development: A Visual-Spatial Approach and Writing for the Internet: A Guide to Real Communication in Virtual Space. Previously, he worked as a technical writer and trainer for ten years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Contact