Associate Fellow

Associate Fellow is one of the three honorary ranks in the Society. It is the second highest rank that the Society can confer upon a member, Fellow being the highest. This honor recognizes members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the arts and science of technical communication, and for sustained and significant service to STC.

Associate Fellows retain this honorary rank for life, unless they are elevated to the rank of Fellow.

The Associate Fellows Committee carefully considers the accomplishments of candidates in the following areas:

  • Professional qualifications
  • Intellectual contributions
  • STC Chapter, SIG, and Society-level service
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Involvement with other professional organizations

The committee then recommends the candidates to be honored as Associate Fellows to the STC Board of Directors. Upon a two-thirds majority vote of the board, the rank of Associate Fellow is conferred upon a recommended candidate.

We are extremely proud of our Associate Fellows for their outstanding accomplishments in the field of technical communication and contributions to STC. We look forward to honoring the new Associate Fellows at the STC Summit following their approval by the board.

Honoree will be notified of approval: After vote by STC Board of Directors, usually in March.

Awards Presented: At the Honors Reception at the STC Technical Communication Summit.

Nomination Process

Consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.


To be considered for Associate Fellow, a candidate must have:

  • Been active in technical communication for at least 15 years
  • Fulfilled ten years of service as an STC Member (with at least five years at the level of Senior Member), as of the application submission deadline.

Any Senior Member of STC may nominate a candidate to the Associate Fellows Committee. In addition, a member may self-nominate. Individuals who nominate themselves must provide the name of one endorser who is a Senior Member of STC.

2021 Calendar Year Applications are due:  EXTENDED TO 8 November 2021. 

2022 Honorees

  • Lisa Melonçon