Russel Keith Hirst – Associate Fellow

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For his dedication to students’ pursuit of excellence, service to STC, and collaboration with other technical communicators to share the best of academe with practitioners and bring the world of practice into the academy.


Professor Russel Keith Hirst directs the program in technical communication for the English department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For two decades, he has served as faculty liaison to the East Tennessee Community of STC, involving his students in the life of the Society and promoting their professional and personal success. He is a former president of his chapter, coeditor of STC’s Education in Technical Communication: Academic Programs That Work, coauthor of A Short Guide to Business Writing, and author of many articles on topics in technical communication and the history and theory of rhetoric.