Portion of the STC Summit Board Meeting to Be Open to the Public

A portion of the Board of Directors meeting is open to the public and will be in Camellia 3-4. The agenda for this public portion is as follows:

1:30-2:30 PM – Public portion of the meeting
1:30-1:45 PM – Welcome and introductions
1:45 PM – Consent agenda
1:45-2:15 PM – Committees, task forces, and chair approval
2:15-2:30 PM – Next steps for scholarship committee

Writing and Communication that Gets Results!

By Li-At Rathbun | Writing and Communication Track Manager

If you are looking to Gain the Edge at the Summit by improving your writing and editing, here are a few sessions to consider in the Writing and Communication track:

  • What if attending Summit 2017 could save your company thousands of dollars? If your company translates its documents, what you learn from Adam Jones’s session might do just that! In Avoiding the $36 Comma: Clever Editing Strategies Can Reduce Translation Costs, the COO of a localization-services company explains some secrets of localization pricing and shares concrete tips for reducing your translation costs.
  • As an editor, what happens when your writers don’t speak English as their first language? That’s the question Jessica McCaughey addresses in her session, Edits as ESL Teaching: Working with Multi-lingual Writers. When editors understand how language learning really happens, they can use the editing process to help multi-lingual writers substantially improve as communicators—beyond just completing the writing projects. This workshop provides practical techniques for helping multi-lingual writers improve their writing skills through an editing process that focuses on what you and your company truly value in writing.
  • One woman’s personal nightmare with battling cancer—and her attempts to understand the technical concepts and terminology told to her for her medical diagnosis and treatment options—led to Learning Styles and the Cancer Experience. Debbie Kerr, a 5-year breast cancer survivor and 30-year technical communicator, combines her insights as a cancer patient with existing research on learning styles to offer options for how we can more effectively communicate medical information to patients. While this session focuses on cancer and medical information, it can help any technical communicator who struggles with delivering information to an audience that isn’t clearly defined and is made up of people with various learning styles.
  • The technical editing field is changing rapidly. So say Dr. Laura Palmer and Dr. Susan Lang, and I doubt anyone contradicts them. For many editors, it’s no longer only about using proofreader marks to edit text by hand. At Summit 2015, Drs. Palmer and Lang discussed some of the challenges and opportunities facing those who train and those who hire editors. Whether you attended that session or not, you’ll want to attend the sequel—Technical Editing for the 21st Century: Reconsidering Competencies in Academic Offerings. It further illuminates issues that academics face in training future editors, and it explores how companies can best incorporate into their work environment and products the new competencies that recently graduated editors possess.
  • According to Becky Todd, you can create excellent documentation through crowd-sourcing. Wait; what?! Crowd-sourced documentation—where developers, product managers, and other non-technical communicators contribute content—is becoming more and more common. In her Engineering Content Champions presentation, Becky Todd lays out the rules for success and explains how this culture shift can result in enriched end-user documentation.

STC Hires Liz Pohland as Its Next Chief Executive Officer

On behalf of the Society for Technical Communication’s Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that STC has chosen Liz Pohland as its next Chief Executive Officer. Liz is the seventh executive director in the 64-year history of the Society.

By Alyssa Fox, STC Vice President and CEO Search Committee Chair

 

On behalf of the Society for Technical Communication’s Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that STC has chosen Liz Pohland as its next Chief Executive Officer. Liz is the seventh executive director in the 64-year history of the Society.

As many of you know, Liz brings over 20 years of experience in technical and professional communication to the position. With STC, Liz previously held the role of Director of Communications and Intercom Editor, and has been heavily involved in the development and launch of STC’s Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) Certification Program. She has worked for multiple nonprofit organizations during the course of her career, including the Folger Shakespeare Library and Princeton University Press.

 “I’m excited and honored at the opportunity to lead STC, an organization I consider my professional home,” said Liz. “I believe STC’s growth in the coming years will depend on its ability to re-establish itself as the authoritative voice for the technical communication profession. In today’s content- and information-based economy, STC is uniquely positioned to advocate for its members’ interests. I am deeply committed to STC’s success in all of its endeavors.”

The Search Committee conducted an intensive search that began with 65 qualified candidates. Narrowing the pool of candidates through phone and in-person interviews, the committee worked hard to ensure it found a CEO who has the right combination of association management experience and technical communication knowledge to take STC to the next level. Liz’s background as a technical communicator is a huge asset in her upcoming role that will enable her to more closely identify with our members and serve them in an empathetic way.

Liz impressed the Search Committee in the interviews with her ambitions to drive STC forward and make changes for the good of the Society. She has a strong vision for STC and specific plans for continuing to improve STC in marketing, certification, and education.

I wish to thank the CEO Search Committee who served with me for all of the time and energy they dedicated to this important work for STC: Alan Houser, Andrea Ames, Lisa Meloncon, Craig Baehr, and Jane Wilson.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Liz into her new role as STC’s CEO!

Free Adobe Tech Comm Tools Certificate Workshop

Adobe is coming to the Nation’s Capital with a free certificate workshop for you! The Adobe Tech Comm marketing team and STC are excited to announce a free exclusive event at STC’s 2017 Technical Communication Summit – the Adobe Tech Comm Tools Certificate Workshop! Get live training, pick up tips and tricks, do hands-on exercises, and learn from renowned industry experts.

Adobe is coming to the Nation’s Capital with a free certificate workshop for you!

Date: 7 May 2017
Time: Noon to 5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)
Venue: The Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland

The Adobe Tech Comm marketing team and STC are excited to announce a free exclusive event at STC’s 2017 Technical Communication Summit – the Adobe Tech Comm Tools Certificate Workshop! Get live training, pick up tips and tricks, do hands-on exercises, and learn from renowned industry experts. What’s more, upon successful completion of the workshop, you get to walk away with an official participation certificate from Adobe and STC! So what are you waiting for? Make the most of this exciting opportunity to learn from the most sought-after trainers, connect with peers, grow your professional network, and acquire a professional certificate – all while you enjoy exclusive Adobe hospitality!

The workshop is ‘open to all.’ There is no registration fee. Lunch and refreshments would be served. Seats are limited, so register today!

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.