Pre-Conference Workshop at CPTSC

Partnerships for Professionalism: Connecting Practitioners, Educators, and Students

Hosted by the STC Academic Special Interest Group

Please join the Academic Special Interest Group of the STC on Thursday, October 6 for a pre-conference workshop immediately preceding the 2011 annual conference of the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. This is an exciting new venture that will facilitate an active exchange between STC and CPTSC.

When: Thursday, October 6, from 8:30am to 4:15pm
Where: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Location:   Festival Conference Center, Rooms 2 and 3
Cost: Free registration
Deadline: Friday, September 23

This workshop features two keynote addresses, four one-hour panels, and excellent cuisine. Program topics are listed below and will include the opportunity for discussion across the industry/academy boundaries:

  • Certification and Assessment
  • Virtual Mentoring and Internships
  • Partnership Program and Cross-Organizational Collaborations
  • Social Networking and Technical Communication
  • Making Collaboration a Priority

Our keynote speakers will be:

  • Dr. Hillary Hart, University of Texas, The STC Academic Keynote Speaker
  • Mr. Dan Voss, Lockheed Martin, The Lockheed Martin Industry Keynote Speaker

You may register for this free workshop in one of two ways. If you are attending the CPTSC conference, please just check the Workshop box on the registration site when you register for CPTSC. If you are not planning to attend CPTSC, you may register for only the workshop by going to to our registration page. We ask for these registrations so that we can be sure to provide breakfast and lunch for the right number of people. Space is limited

For more information, visit the Partnerships for Professionalism workshop page. If you have questions, please contact the program manager, Dr. Pam Brewer, at brewerpe@nullappstate.edu.

Need a ride or looking for riders to the Workshop? Check the CPTSC 2011 Share a Ride Group. Directions for accessing the Share a Ride Group can be found at the CPTSC 2011 web site.

Apply for STC Student Honorary Societies 2012

UPDATE: Application deadline extended to October 26, 2011.

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 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:
  • 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 September 26. The application can be found at stc.org and is linked here.
  • 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, 2011.

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

Academic SIG Members to Present “Global and Local Issues in Technical Communication Instruction” at the 2011 International STC Summit this May in Sacramento

By Pam Estes Brewer The Academic SIG Progress for Summit 2011 will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 8:30 to 9:30 am.  We will have seven excellent presentations, as both academics and practitioners address key areas of education and training for STC attendees.  The following seven presentations are featured in the progression; attendees will have the opportunity at attend three of the seven presentations.
  • "Hands-on Research Courses and Distance Education Classes" presented by Michael Albers (East Carolina University)
  • "From Student Menu to Professional Technical Communication" presented by Valerie M. Ball (Oregon Institute of Technology)
  • "STC Profession Resources for Graduates of Technical Communication Programs" presented by Thomas Barker (Texas Tech University) and Craig Baehr (Texas Tech University)
  • ""Positively" Global:  Editing the Work of Multilingual Writers" presented by Tatiana Batova (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  • "How Academics can Involve Practitioners in Educating Students" presented by Ann Jennings (University of Houston-Downtown)
  • "An Ethical Perspective on Teaching Across International and Intercultural Boundaries" presented by Daniel W. Voss (Lockheed Martin) and Sara Baca (University of Central Florida)
  • "Full-Time Technical Communicators as Part-Time Instructors:  Improving Professional Development Practices in the Tech Comm Classroom" presented by Dave Yeats (Sentier Strategic Resources)
Please join us at STC Summit 2011!