Karen Baranich – Fellow

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For continuous and vigorous contribution to technical communication through enhancements to STC competitions and for your defining role in STC’s Certification program, both of which help set the industry standard for quality and competence.


Karen Baranich is an IT supervisor for SCANA, a Southeast-based utility company. She and her team deliver technical writing, training, communication, and Web design. Her career includes positions as educational coordinator, researcher, commercial artist, city planner, and fashion designer. She holds a BA in media arts from the University of South Carolina, and an MA in instructional media. She completed coursework toward a PhD in educational psychology. Her expertise is in the design of media-based training.

Karen worked with STC competitions from the time she joined STC. She served as a local and international judge, managed the Technical Art Competition for three years, and then served as STC competitions manager. The STC Summit Competitions were redesigned under her leadership. A member of the South Carolina–Midlands Chapter, she has served in every capacity except treasurer. She is active in the Instructional Design and Learning SIG, where she served as assistant manager for two years.

During her service on the STC Board of Directors, Karen became interested in the development of certification for technical communicators and writers. When the Certification Commission was formed, she was invited to be a founding commissioner. In this role, she helps develop scoring criteria and associated documentation. As chair of the Education Committee, she creates and administers training for evaluators.

Karen lives in a 100+ year-old farmhouse in rural South Carolina. She is a breeder of Andalusian horses and an avid reader, preferring mysteries and fantasy fiction. Her current project is developing life-skills training for juvenile offenders.

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