Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication honors the distinguished teaching career of professor Gould.

Professor Gould's academic mentorship of technical communication students guided many men and women into the profession. The Jay R. Gould Award for excellence in teaching technical communication honors his distinguished teaching career, which is an outstanding example of the long-term commitment, innovation, and excellence in teaching.

This award 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.

Honorees Notified: After vote by STC Board of Directors, February

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

Nomination Process

Consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.


Who is eligible: A nominee must be a regular member of STC at the time of application, have been involved in post-secondary education for at least fifteen years, and have made a primary career in teaching the philosophy and theory of technical communication as a distinct discipline.

Who may nominate: Department chairs, Deans, colleagues, students, and other STC members acquainted with the nominee.

Due date for nominations: 15 November 2021

Due date for applications by nominated candidates: 17 December 2021


Recommendations should be sent via email to:

2021 Honorees

Ann Hill Duin, University of Minnesota

Citation: For a lifetime of modeling and mentoring hundreds: a teacher and international scholar who has led by example and “gone above and beyond” to help students navigate the inevitable challenges of communicating across cultures and technologies.

Stuart Selber, Penn State University

Citation: For his ability to carve out an intellectual space about pedagogy, introduce novel ideas at every level of the curriculum, and build frameworks that cross over from academic to organizational and industry settings.