Introducing the 2017 Ken Rainey Award Winner

Ken Rainey Award

 

The Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research was established by STC in 2006 to celebrate and honor Professor Ken Rainey’s passion for research that results in improvements to technical communication, especially to practice. The goal of the award is to encourage quality and excellence in technical communication research by honoring those whose research studies have made an outstanding contribution to the field. The committee for this year’s award is Ann Blakeslee, PhD; Charles Kostelnick, PhD; Michael Albers, PhD; and Hope J. Lafferty, AM, ELS.

This year’s winner is Tharon W. Howard. The citation reads: For focused and significant contributions in the area of industry research related to usability and user experience; a superior record of carrying out high-impact research in industry and workplace contexts; a well-deserved reputation in the field; and for mentoring and preparing generations of students for the workplace.

Congratulations to Tharon for this well-deserved honor.

Introducing the 2017 Jay R. Gould Award Winners

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 long-term commitment, innovation, and excellence in teaching.

The 2017 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 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.

The committee for this year’s award is Kirk St.Amant (chair), Jackie Damrau, Ann Jennings, and Russell Hirst.

This year’s winners are:

Dr. Madelyn Flammia. The citation reads: For excellence in expanding and advancing international aspects of technical communication education in online and on-site contexts.

Dr. Richard Johnson-Sheehan. The citation reads: For dedication to advancing technical communication pedagogy through exceptional research, teaching, and service in the field.

Dr. Gregory A. Wickliff. The citation reads: For innovative teaching practices and an exceptional commitment to mentoring students and colleagues.

Congratulations to Madelyn, Richard, and Gregory for this well-deserved honor.

Call for Judges for 2017 International Summit Awards Competition

In between holiday preparations, our competition teams are hard at work preparing for the annual International Summit Awards Competition (ISA).

Each year, we select a group of experienced technical communicators to help us evaluate and judge the competition entries. These elite teams carefully review each entry and judge how closely it meets the ideal for its category.

The bulk of the work will happen in February and March. We notify the entrants at the end of March, and the winners are included in the Honors Brochure.

To be considered, fill out the Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/O3ViZOqZQss6703N2 by 15 January 2017.

If you are selected, the ISA team will send you instructions, schedules, and of course the entries you will judge.

Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research – Nominations due 4 November

Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research – Nominations due 4 November

Ken Rainey, a professor at Southern Polytechnic State University and an STC Fellow, produced major research studies that provide ongoing benefit to the field of technical communication. Ken passed away in the fall of 2006, but during his years of service to STC, he designed and published many studies that helped connect what is taught in the classroom with what technical communicators do in the workplace.

To celebrate and honor Ken Rainey’s passion for research that results in improvements to technical communication, especially to practice, the Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research has the following goals:

  • Acknowledge the importance and value of exemplary research to the field of technical communication.
  • Encourage quality and excellence in technical communication research by honoring those whose research studies have made an outstanding contribution to the field.
  • Recognize research that makes an outstanding contribution to practice as a priority, but research that strengthens or extends curricula will also be considered worthy of this award.

All research methods will qualify for this award. Examples are (a) empirical work that a researcher describes as quantitative, qualitative, case study, ethnographic, naturalistic, survey, usability, archival, bibliographic, etc., or (b) modeling or other new approaches not yet applied to technical communication studies.

Nominees must be current members of the Society for Technical Communication and need to have been STC members for at least twelve months prior to the nomination. STC members are eligible regardless of other STC honors or awards received (Fellow or Associate Fellow, President’s Award, and so on). Current members of the Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research Committee, STC Research Grants Committee, and STC board of directors are not eligible to be nominated for this award. This award will not be given twice to the same person.

Nominees must fit one or both of these categories:

  • An STC member who has conducted a lifetime of quality research that has made significant contributions to the field of technical communication.
  • An STC member who has made a significant contribution to the field of technical communication due to a high-quality, single empirical study or a high-quality set of related empirical studies.

Although nominations for both categories will be accepted each year, the award committee will decide each year which category of researcher will be recognized. A person’s longevity in the field will not be a factor in the award.

Self-nominations are allowed, as are nominations from anyone else in the field.

For additional details please refer to the Ken Rainey Award guidelines.

2017 Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is seeking nominees for the 2017 Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication.

The Award recognizes educators who have made an outstanding contribution to teaching in technical communication, and to be eligible for the Award, nominees must

  • Be a current member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC)
  • Have belonged to the Society for Technical Communication (STC) for at least ten years
  • Have been involved in post‐secondary education for at least fifteen years
  • Have made teaching technical communication the primary focus of their career

Anyone may nominate a candidate for the Jay R. Gould Award, and nominations for the Award are due by 5:00pm US Eastern Time on Friday, 21 Oct. 2016. All nominations should be sent to Kirk St.Amant via email at kirk.stamant@gmail.com All eligible nominees will be contacted shortly after 21 Oct. 2016 to inform them of their nomination and to request materials for review.

More information on the Jay R. Gould Award can be found online at http://www.cac-stc.org/resources/jay-r-gould-award-for-excellence-in-teaching/. Questions about the Award, the nomination process, or the selection process for Award recipients should be sent to Kirk St.Amant at kirk.stamant@gmail.com