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

CPTC Textbook Now Available to Rent or Buy Digitally

STC has exciting news for prospective CPTC certificants: the official CPTC Foundation certification body of knowledge, Richard Johnson-Sheehan’s Technical Communication Today, Fifth Edition (ISBN-10: 0134419391), is now available digitally. The text book is available in print here or digitally for purchase or rental here. This provides savings and convenience for CPTC certificants and makes studying for certification easier than ever before.

If you have questions about the certification program, please visit the STC certification page, or email

President’s Report

By Adriane Hunt | STC 2016-2017 President

The past year has flown by! As the STC staff, board, and conference committee prepare for the 2017 Summit at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor, MD, I’d like to reflect on STC happenings during the year.

After several years of service to STC, Executive Director Chris Lyons decided to move on to a new career. STC Director of Communications and Intercom Editor Liz Pohland stepped up to the board’s challenge to take on the role of Interim CEO, while STC Director of Corporate and Member Engagement Stacey O’Donnell also took on additional work as our Interim COO. The CEO Search Committee, led by Vice President Alyssa Fox, went straight to work interviewing many qualified candidates. The committee’s final recommendation was Liz Pohland and the board agreed. Liz is now our new CEO and Stacey our COO—both women deserve our sincere thanks for their remarkable efforts and dedication to STC’s continued excellence. Congratulations to them both!

Since May 2016, the board met monthly to discuss topics such as the next phase of the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) certification program and the work being done by volunteer committees, task forces, and communities. To learn more about the meeting topics and outcomes, look for the board meeting summaries on the STC website at

In November, the board and staff met in Virginia for a two-day “big room planning” session. Our goal was to develop a multi-year, forward-looking strategy to ensure that STC continues to serve you and our profession in the fast-paced, always-changing world of technology. Through a card-sorting exercise, the board decided on the following words to embody the true spirit of the Society: Trusted, High-Quality, Technological, Customer-Focused, Proactive, Progressive. With these words in mind, the board reviewed every aspect of the Society, its programs, and member benefits, including our publications, education offerings, communities and SIGs, the academic database, Society honors and awards, the certification program, and more. We examined every topic in depth and had candid discussions about what is working, what is not working, and what needs to change. Most importantly, we developed a strategic vision of STC’s future including owners, action items, and targeted completion dates for each major focus area to ensure that STC provides you unparalleled value both today and in the future. As I prepare to pass the gavel in May, I know that this board is proud of the work we did together planning a foundation for STC’s future, and we look forward to the strategic work continuing as Alyssa Fox becomes our 2017-2018 STC President.

In January, U.S. News and World Report released its 2017 Best Job Rankings and included the role of Technical Writer for the first time ever! This press helped put STC in the spotlight and helped our profession get well-deserved attention and recognition.

The CPTC certification program has been running strong, with a three-tiered structure (Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert) to certify technical communicators who want to be recognized in their field as Certified Professional Technical Communicators. The Foundation level of the program has been very successful; the Practitioner level program launch is anticipated within a year, with the Expert level program to follow.

The efforts of the STC staff should not be forgotten! Without their support, every single day, we wouldn’t be the Society we are. When you combine staff efforts with the many hours of work done by member volunteers, the result is a strong and growing Society.

Looking ahead, the Summit is in National Harbor, MD, in May this year, close to Washington, DC. The Summit promises to be an educational, fun, and social event with many opportunities to meet and network with other technical communicators and make new friends.

Thank you for supporting our Society and the field of technical communication. The year ahead is promising, and STC is well-prepared for a vibrant future serving you, our members. Thank you for being a part of STC!

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

A portion of the Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, 10 May at the Summit  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