Associate Fellow and Fellow Applications Due 1 November

Each year, STC recognizes leaders of our profession with the Associate Fellow and Fellow honors. An STC Associate Fellow is a Senior Member who has attained distinction in the field of technical communication and has been active in the field for at least 15 years. Fellow is an honor bestowed on Associate Fellows who have continued to make exemplary contributions to our profession and our organization. The contributions of Associate Fellows and Fellows involve significant achievements that advance the profession and its recognition.

Near the end of each year, STC Fellow and Associate Fellow committees consider the qualifications, contributions, and achievements of members who submit their credentials to the committees for review. The committees then provide recommendations to STC’s Board of Directors. Fellows and Associate Fellows are recognized at the STC Summit following the vote of the board.

This year, the STC Fellow and Associate Fellow committees are updating the application forms and adding examples and guidance to help improve the application process. We expect the new application forms to be posted and available 1 September 2017. To make sure candidates have the time they need to apply, the deadline to submit applications will be 1 November 2017. We look forward to recognizing the established leaders among us. If you have questions, please contact Associate Fellow Committee Chair Nicky Bleiel (,  Fellow Committee Chair Paul Mueller (, or STC staff liaison Elaine Gilliam (

STC Communities and Staff Win APEX Awards

STC is proud to announce that one STC community and the STC staff recently were named winners in APEX 2017, the 29th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence. APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communication excellence. APEX Grand Awards honor the outstanding works in each main category, while APEX Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in each of the individual categories. Out of over 1300 entries, just 100 won APEX Grand Awards. This year, STC’s Technical Communication journal (edited by Sam Dragga and Liz Pohland) won an APEX Grand Award for its 2016 Cover Competition.

Congratulations to the following other STC winners:

Congratulations again to the winners!

For more information on the APEX Awards and a full listing of winners, visit

At the Summit Tuesday Evening: The Honors Reception

The stars came out a little early Tuesday evening in Washington. D.C., as STC held its Honors Reception to shine a light on the best and brightest in our profession and in our community. Fellows and Associate Fellows shared the limelight with honorees for the Jay R. Gould Award and Ken Rainey Award. Publishing excellence came forward with the Frank R. Smith honorees as well as the Intercom awards for both article and guest-edited issue. And student honorees and winners of the International Summit Awards walked the metaphorical red carpet.

In the two “secret” awards of the evening, the San Diego Chapter was presented with the Most Improved Community Award, while the Chicago Chapter received the prestigious Community of the Year Award. (Other community awards, such as Community Achievement Awards and the Pacesetter Awards, were presented earlier in the Summit.)

Now-Immediate Past President Adriane Hunt wrote in the Honors Brochure, “We are gathered here today to honor and celebrate the achievements of some remarkable people in the technical communication profession and to thank them for their dedication and service to our community.” Congratulations to each and every honored person and community, and a special thanks to the committee members who played a huge part in bringing us to tonight’s festivities.

After the reception the world’s greatest band made up of STC members, The Rough Drafts, took the stage and rocked out for the night with guest singers (including Phylise Banner and STC staffer Deborah Krat) joining them to share their talents.

Intercom Outstanding Article and Guest-Edited Issue Awards

STC gives out two awards for the exemplary work published in Intercom: the best article of the year and the best guest-edited issue of the year. This year’s judging team for the awards consisted of Saul Carliner (Chair), Michelle Despres, Linda Oestreich, Kirk St.Amant, Marta Rauch, and Kelly Schrank.

The judges are pleased to announce the winners of the Intercom Outstanding Article Award: Jenn Carlos, Travis Kelly, and Vivianne Costa for their article, “Measuring Content Like a Marketer: Getting Started with Web Analytics” in the 2016 March issue of Intercom.

The citation reads:

For clearly and enthusiastically explaining how to collect quantitative and qualitative data about Web-based content and use it to strengthen future content and persuade stakeholders of the value of technical communication.

The Intercom Outstanding Guest Edited Issue goes to Nicky Bleiel for her guest-edited 2016 December issue, with a theme of “legends of technical communication.”

The citation reads:

Because of the exceptional commitment of the guest editor, this special issue tells the history of the field from well-informed perspectives and, as significantly, creates an emotional connection with these “legends” and our field.

Congratulations to all the honorees.

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.