Ken Rainey Award

The Ken Rainey Award honors the distinguished research contributions of Dr. Rainey.

Ken Rainey was a professor at Southern Polytechnic State University and STC Fellow who produced major research studies that continue to provide ongoing benefit to both practice and teaching in the field of technical communication.

The Ken Rainey Award honors research that has made positive, pilule significant contributions to technical communication practice and teaching. It rewards a lifetime of quality research in the field, a single high-quality empirical study, or a set of related high-quality studies.

2016 Honoree



Charles Kostelnick

Citation: For a lifetime of quality and influential research in the field of visual communication, a superior publication record, a well-deserved national and international reputation in the field, and influence on generations of teachers, scholars, and practitioners.




Nomination process

Please consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.

Who is eligible: STC Members who have belonged to the Society for a minimum of one year

Who may recommend: Anyone may nominate an STC member. You can also nominate yourself

Due date for recommendations: 2 November 2016

Due date for applications by recommended candidates: 14 December 2016

Honorees notified: After vote by STC Board of Directors, usually February

Award Presented: At the Honors Reception at the STC Technical Communication Summit 

The Ken Rainey Award Guidelines

Previous winners of the Ken Rainey Award

Recommendations should be sent via email to both

Ann Blakeslee

Elaine Gilliam