Announcing the 2014 Pre-Conference

The STC Academic SIG Pre-Conference at CPTSC is being held 25 September 2014. The pre-conference is free of charge and is followed immediately by the annual CPTSC and ACM SIGDOC conferences. All three conferences are being held from September 25 to 29 at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The Pre-Conference format has changed this year: it is shorter (Noon - 5pm) and features concurrent sessions. Watch this space for more Pre-Conference information and registration coming soon!

Congratulations to Our Members!

The Academic SIG is proud to announce a number of honors to be bestowed on our members at the upcoming Summit.
  • Sally Henschel and Lisa Meloncon for the Frank R. Smith Outstanding Article Award for their article "Current State of U.S. Undergraduate Degree Programs in Technical and Professional Communication."
  • Pam Estes Brewer for the Jay R. Gould award for excellence in teaching.
  • Kirk St.Amant for his election to Fellow of the STC, and Cindy Pao for her election to Associate Fellow of the STC.
  • Craig Baehr for the Distinguished SIG Service Award.
Congratulations on your well-deserved honors! The Academic SIG is also proud to announce it has earned two honors to be presented at The Summit: Community of Excellence (third year in a row), and sharing the Pacesetter award with the Orlando-Central Florida and Willamette Valley chapters for their partnership with the Sigma Tau Delta Society. The Academic SIG is always pleased to announce news of its members' accomplishments. If you have news you'd like to share, please send a message to our newsletter editor, Samantha Gale (samantha.gale@null60secondcommunications.com).

Thank You Pre-Conference Sponsors!

The Academic SIG Partnerships Pre-Conference will take place 10 October 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information on this free event and to register, please visit our Pre-Conference page. If you're in the Cincinnati area, we'd love for you to join us!

The Academic SIG would like to thank the sponsors of the Pre-Conference: Adobe, Component One, Comtech, Mapcap, Midwestern State University, and the STC. Their sponsorship helps make this Pre-Conference possible, including live-streaming and making video available after the event is over. (video from the 2012 Pre-Conference)

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Your Invitation to the Partnership Pre-Conference

Dear Colleagues— On Thursday, October 10, 2013, the STC Academic SIG is hosting the Partnership Pre-Conference! This is the day before CPTSC, and we would like to invite you to include this day in your plans. This year’s program includes:
  • Keynote address from JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.
  • Panel on international professional communication
  • Panel on industry perspectives and programmatic outcomes
  • Progression with demonstrations of software tools including RoboHelp, Adobe Tech Comm Suite 4, Madcap, ATLAS.ti, Doc-To-Help, and TeamViewer
  • Panel on research priorities, hosted by Rebekka Andersen
Lunch will be provided as well as coffee breaks, and registration is free. The entire day will take place in the facilities where CPTSC also will be held at the University of Cincinnati. You can register by visiting the Pre-Conference page. We will raffle off an Adobe TCS4 worth $1899; you may enter the raffle when you register for the pre-conference. Registration will remain open through September 30.

Lodging

If the Kingsgate Marriott is full for the night of October 9, you may reserve a room at the Hampton Inn on Martin Luther King which is right across the street from the Kingsgate. You also might check out two B&B’s that are nearby:
  • http://www.thecliftonhouse.com/
  • http://www.gaslightbb.com/index2.html
If you do not wish to stay at these locations, check with Lisa Meloncon as she advises there are a few hotels in the area in which you would not wish to stay. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at brewer_pe@nullmercer.edu or Craig Baehr at craig.baehr@nullttu.edu. Pam Brewer SIG Manager

Call for Submissions for Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Please consider contributing to the Spring 2015 special issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication on Content Management. The issue aims to bring together a set of empirical studies, case studies, and tutorials that offer an in-depth look at the processes, methodologies, and technologies of content management, as well as the local, global, and distributed contexts in which content management activities occur. We are also interested in content management studies that examine questions focused on content quality, usability, and user experience. Abstract submissions are due October 31, 2013. See: http://pcs.ieee.org/call-for-submissions-for-special-issue-of-the-ieee-transactions-on-professional-communication/

Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships Available from the Technical Editing SIG

Deadline extended to July 7, 2013. Originally posted 4/22/2013 Passing along a message from Rebekka Anderson, chair of the Technical Editing SIG Scholarship Committee The Technical Editing SIG is offering two scholarships of $1400 each. The first scholarship assists students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in Technical Communication (or a related area, such as professional writing or digital media) and the second assists students who are pursuing a graduate degree in Technical Communication (or a related area, such as professional writing or digital media). Students applying for one of these scholarships are expected to be able to demonstrate their focus on topics related to technical editing through their academic studies, current jobs, special projects, or undergraduate/graduate program. The winners will be announced in Corrigo, the Technical Editing SIG Newsletter. For more information on the Diane Feldman Scholarship program, please see the STC Technical Editing Web site: http://www.stc-techedit.org/Scholarship Eligibility The Technical Editing SIG Scholarship Committee evaluates applicants' academic records and potential for contributing to the Technical Editing profession. To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must be:
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree or graduate degree program related to Technical Editing or Technical Communication (students pursuing associate degrees, minors, or certificates are eligible to apply)
  • Pursuing a career as a Technical Editor
Deadline for Application The Technical Editing SIG is accepting scholarship applications for 2012. The deadline for submission is July 7, 2013. Winners will be notified in late July 2013. To Apply Complete the online Scholarship Application at the STC Technical Editing Web site: http://www.stc-techedit.org/Application Please submit any questions through the Comments or Questions form at the end of the scholarship information page: http://www.stc-techedit.org/Scholarship#Comments_or_Questions

STC Academic SIG Strategic Plan for 2013

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