STC Committees are formed to address specific issues that are important to members of the Society. If you are interested in volunteering on a committee let us know by using the response form on the committee's page.
Associate Fellows Committee
The Associate Fellows Committee formally recognizes Senior STC Members for having attained distinction in the field of technical communication.
Body of Knowledge Committee
The Body of Knowledge Committee develops and maintains a repository of technical communication, which is the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK).
Community Achievement and Pacesetter Awards Committee
The Community Achievement and Pacesetter Awards Committee oversees community awards given by the Society. The Community Achievement Award recognizes a SIG, professional or student chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals through a wide range of programs and activities. The Community Pacesetter Award recognizes innovative and successful community initiatives.
Community Affairs Committee (CAC)
The Conference Committee plans and oversee the education program for the annual STC Summit. They also provide support at STC Summit for both attendees and presenters.
Distinguished Community Service Awards Committee
The Distinguished Community Service Awards recognize the hard work and commitment of STC’s community leaders. The three awards—the Distinguished Chapter Service Award, Distinguished SIG Service Award, and Distinguished Service Award for Students—recognize an individual’s exemplary effort, energy, and dedication to their community and its activities.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Panel (DEIAP)
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Panel provides advice, insight, and recommendations on matters of diversity and inclusion to both the STC Board and the STC staff.
The Education Committee works with the STC staff to establish a strategy and yearly education program that provides the technical communication community with professional development opportunities.
The Fellows Committee formally recognizes STC Associate Fellow with the rank of Fellow, the highest honor an STC member can receive. This honor is bestowed upon Associate Fellows who have continued to make exemplary contributions to the arts and science of technical communication and to the advancement of the profession.
Frank R. Smith Award Recognition Committee
The Frank R. Smith Award Recognition Committee recognizes the authors of exceptional articles that appeared in Technical Communication during a calendar year. Since 1966, STC has paid tribute to the authors whose contributions have made Technical Communication one of the most highly respected journals devoted to the arts and sciences of technical communication.
Honorary Fellows Committee
The rank of Honorary Fellow is conferred upon a person who is not a member of the Society but who (1) has achieved eminence in the field of technical communication or (2) has performed a significant service for the Society.
The Intercom editor selects judges and submits the award winners to the board for approval. Currently the judges are the same members as the Editorial Advisory Panel for Intercom.
Intercom (Editorial Advisory Panel)
The Intercom Editorial Advisory Panel identifies content that informs readers of trends and best practices in technical communication. The collaborate to establish topics for the editorial calendar.
Jay R. Gould Award Recognition Committee
The Jay R. Gould Award Recognition Committee honors true academic mentorship; a record of successful students, defined as those who are involved in STC, and actively working in the profession; involvement in student activities outside of the classroom; innovation and creativity in teaching, and involvement in research that leads to changes in the way technical communication is taught.
Ken Rainey Award Recognition Committee
The Ken Rainey Award honors research that has made positive, 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.
Lifetime Achievement Award Committee
The Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Service recognizes meritorious service to the Society for Technical Communication by an individual who has demonstrated significant and sustained acts of volunteer service with enduring benefits to the Society and the profession of technical communication. This award encompasses a lifetime of service to the Society that spans multiple accomplishments, levels, and long-lasting impacts.
The Scholarship Committee recommends to the Board policies and procedures for awarding Society-level scholarships and grants, provides oversight and recommendations for geographic community scholarships and grants, reviews applications for scholarships and grants, and recommends recipients to the Board.
Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma Honor Societies
The student honorary societies Sigma Tau Chi (STX) and Alpha Sigma (AS) recognize student members of the Society who have distinguished themselves as students and have demonstrated promise of future contributions to the Society and the profession.
Any student member of STC may apply for membership in STX or AS if they meet all of the criteria as of 1 November. The committee chair establishes a schedule for the receipt of applications, the evaluation of candidates, and the recommendation of nominees at the winter board meeting.
STC International Summit Awards Committee (Competitions)
The STC International Summit Awards Committee defines standards of professional technical communication deliverables and recognize achievement against those standards. As of 2017, this committee is inactive.