Status of the Academic SIG

The Academic SIG is now an STC Community of Interest. This is a group of people who share an interest and may want to share information and ask questions about that interest on a Slack channel.

If you would like to join the STC Academic SIG Slack channel, please join the STC Slack Workspace and the #sig-academic channel. For information on how to join, please visit STC's Slack page.

The mission of the Academic SIG remains the same. 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.

Periodically members of the SIG whose names are on the membership list maintained by STC are being invited to join the Slack channel and the Facebook group, and to contact SIG facilitator Carolyn Luttrell to volunteer for any new initiatives in the Academic SIG. Both Carolyn and Ann Wiley are working with the IDL SIG to reach out to STC students.

This site is being updated as an archive of the work of the Academic SIG. Posts about past events have been saved as drafts, and out-of-date pages are being saved as drafts also. If you are looking for information about past SIG activities, or have other questions, please contact the Academic SIG Community of Interest leadership team.

State of the SIG

By Pam Estes Brewer, SIG Manager

The Academic SIG is flourishing! When I think about where we have come in the last three years, I am amazed. Even more amazing is that we have fun doing it. Here are just a few highlights from the past year. We have:

  • Launched an electronic newsletter.
  • Offered the Academic SIG Partnership Pre-Conference for a fourth year to an audience of 70+ technical communication professionals, educators, and students. The 2014 pre-conference was held 25 September in Colorado Springs. It ran back to back with CPTSC and ACM SIGDOC—three conferences together.
  • Launched the third annual Student Poster Competition for the STC Summit, complete with great prizes and incentives (besides the incredible opportunity to network).
  • Welcomed a new Assistant Manager for the SIG, Dr. Lisa Meloncon. This is the result of our first annual election.
  • Supported the regeneration of the STC Body of Knowledge.
  • Piloted a MentorBoard for students and academics.
  • Coordinated efforts with the STC Board that have resulted in all student members’ receiving a complimentary membership to the SIG with their Society membership. We want to be the welcoming point for students.
  • Seen our members win a number of research and teaching awards including the Frank R. Smith and Gould awards.

In the coming year, we plan to expand our efforts to:

  • Establish a research grant or scholarship and pursue funding to enrich these offerings.
  • Offer webinars of interest to students and educators.
  • Pursue a rejuvenated Academic Programs database.
  • Build a critical mass for the MentorBoard.
  • Build our presence in social media.
  • Make sure that our membership receives excellent opportunities that support them professionally.

I want to place exclamation points everywhere because we are doing outstanding work and making connections for our membership. And for the first time, we have talented people just waiting for opportunities to contribute to our initiatives.

The STC Academic SIG is the place to be. We want you to be a part of our mission:

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.

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

Partnership Pre-Conference Discussed in Intercom Article

The Academic SIG leadership team discusses the processes of putting together the Partnerships for Professionalism Pre-Conference workshop at last Fall's CPTSC conference in the January issue of Intercom,"STC Academic SIG Hosts Partnership Preconference at CPTSC".

The article includes the lessons learned by the Academic SIG as they developed their first ever-preconference, and the logistics of using a hybrid presentation format.

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 contact any member of the SIG leadership.