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

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

Student Poster Competition Deadline Extended!

We have extended the deadline for the STC Academic SIG student poster competition: Monday, 8 April 2012. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in a competition and present virtually at no cost.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students may enter as individuals or as part of a team.
  • Students do not need to be a member of STC to enter or (if they are selected) to present virtually at the Summit.
  • Selected students will present their posters during the STC Summit ’13 , on Tuesday, 7 May 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (ET) in person or virtually via Skype.
  • Submissions will be ranked and the top two posters will be awarded cash prizes.
  • Students who present virtually will not be charged a Summit registration fee. Students who want to attend the Summit in person will need to pay the student registration fee of $175. Student members of STC who are selected to present and wish to attend the Summit in person may volunteer to work at least one day at the Summit to cover the registration fee. If the student is not a member of STC, they may join at the student rate of $75 for the year.

Submission details can be found on the Student Poster Competition page on this site.

Notification of selection will be made 15 April 2013.

STC Candidates Announced!

The list of candidates for the STC Board of Directors and Leadership positions has been announced. Brief bios of the candidates can be found at 2013 Candidates Voting will take place March 11-22, 2013.at 10 AM EST (GMT-5) on 11 March, 2013, and will close at 5 PM EST (GMT-5) on 22 March, 2013. More information about the election, including how you can submit information to the Candidate Q & A can be found at 2013 Election