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).

A Message from Our SIG Manager

Dear Colleagues—

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.

Best wishes,

Pam Estes Brewer, Ph.D.

Manager, Academic SIG

Apply for STC Student Honorary Societies 2012

The student honorary societies of STC (Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma) recognize student members of the Society for Technical Communication who have distinguished themselves as students and have demonstrated promise of future contributions to the Society and the profession.

Membership in STX is an honor given to students enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program in technical communication who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, are exemplary in participation in STC, and demonstrate a potential for significant contribution to the profession. Membership is awarded only once and honorees retain the membership only as long as they are members in good standing of the Society. Members receive a special STX pin, a certificate, a gift-certificate for STC-branded merchandise, and a one-year free membership in STC.

Membership in AS is an honor given to students enrolled in two-year college programs or standalone university-delivered certificate programs in technical communication who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrate active participation in STC, and have the potential to contribute to the profession. Membership is awarded only once and honorees retain the membership only as long as they are members in good standing of the Society. Members receive a special pin, a certificate, a gift-certificate for STC-branded merchandise, and a one-year free membership in STC.

Any student member of STC may apply for membership in STX or AS if they meet all of the following criteria as of October 26, 2012:

  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary baccalaureate or graduate-degree program (STX) or two-year or certificate program (AS) and have technical communication as a major, a minor, a specialization, or a field of concentration.
  • Verify by official transcript mailed to the committee chair a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  • Submit a completed application and resume by email to this committee’s chair on or before October 26. The application can be found at http://www.stc.org/membership/recognition/awards/1219-stx-and-ax
  • Submit letters of recommendation from (1) a faculty member and (2) a current STC member that verify the high quality of work and leadership demonstrated by the applicant’s achievements as a student, performance in paid or internship positions (if applicable), and participation in Society activities.
  • All materials should be sent to Dr. Pam Estes Brewer, chair of the nominating committee, on or before October 26, 2012.

    Please feel free to email her with any questions at brewerpe@nullappstate.edu.

Academic SIG Earns Community of Excellence Award

The Society for Technical Communication has notified the Academic SIG leadership that the Academic SIG has earned the Community of Excellence Award for 2011. The SIG will be recognized during the Leadership Day event on Sunday, May 20,2012 at the Summit in Rosemont, Illinois.

The award honors the Academic SIG for "developing innovative activities that build bridges between those who practice in the field of technical communication and those who teach and study in the field."(award citation) Some of those activities included:

  • Partnerships for Professionalism workshop at the CPTSC.
  • Co-hosting “The Rhetoric of Science and How Metaphor Constitutes Knowledge in Science” with the SciCom SIG.

In her email to the SIG membership, announcing the award, SIG President Pam Brewer stated: "I just want to say thank you to our many SIG members who have worked so hard this year... We have an extraordinary leadership team that gets things done (and they are fun to work with)."

If you'd like to become more involved in the work of the Academic SIG (and join in the fun!) contact Pam or any member of the SIG leadership.