Nominations Now Open for Excellence in Service to STC Award!

The Excellence in Service to STC Award (formerly the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Service) recognizes meritorious service to the Society for Technical Communication. This award acknowledges a lifetime of service to the Society that spans multiple accomplishments, levels, and long-lasting impacts. Honorees will demonstrate significant and sustained acts of service to STC and participation in initiatives that support the growth of technical communication with long-lasting benefits to the Society.


Nominees must be current members of the Society for Technical Communication with at least 15 consecutive years of membership prior to the nomination. Qualified STC members are eligible for this award regardless of other STC honors or awards received. The award typically will be given once per year to a single individual. An honoree may only receive this award once.


The honoree should have contributed to the Society in each of the following areas:


  • Leadership. Served in multiple leadership roles at various Society levels (Chapter, SIG, Board, STC Committee). Created, developed, or implemented a significant sustained program or initiative for the Society.
  • Education. Participated in volunteer education activities, such as serving as a peer reviewer for the Technical Communication Journal, proposal reviewer for the STC Summit or a conference planned by an STC community, member of the STC Education Committee, or Chair or member of the STC Conference Committee.
  • Mentorship. Participated in an STC mentoring initiative or mentored STC members informally. Participated in volunteer activities that benefit new professionals and/or students.
  • Scholarship. Delivered multiple presentations (webinars, Summit presentations); published articles in Intercom magazine, the Technical Communication Journal, or STC’s Notebook blog; or served as Guest Editor of Intercom, all of which benefit STC members.


Individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by a current STC member in good standing; however, nominees must accept the nomination and complete their own applications. Current members of the STC Board of Directors and current members of the Excellence in Service to STC Award Committee may not nominate individuals or be nominated for the award.


Nominations are due by 22 December 2023. Nominations should be submitted via email to with the Subject line Nomination for Excellence in Service to STC Award.


The Committee Chair will notify each nominee to let them know their nomination has been received. If the nominee accepts, they will receive instructions for submitting their application packet. Applications are due by 26 January 2024.


Full details can be found at the Excellence in Service to STC Award page. The award will be presented at the annual Honors event at the STC Technical Communication Summit.

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