Jay R. Gould Award

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.

2020 Honorees

Bruce Maylath, PhD, North Dakota State University

Citation: For substantive, long-ranging contributions to the profession including the design and development of international student collaborations, and for connecting students to the kinds of cutting edge theory and praxis that have helped them to succeed in a number of industries.

Miles Kimball, PhD, Rennselear Polytechnic Institute

Citation: For an impressive record of collaborating across institutions with the goal of improving the teaching of technical communication: a willing and gracious mentor who encourages students and colleagues to innovate and explore.


Nomination process

Please 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:   16 November 2020

Due date for applications by nominated candidates:   16 December 2020

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

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

The Jay R. Gould Guidelines

The previous Jay R. Gould Winners

Recommendations should be sent via email to:

Sally Henschel, Jay R. Gould Award Committee chair

Elaine Gilliam, STC staff liaison