State of the SIG

By Pam Estes Brewer, SIG Manager

The Academic SIG is flourishing! When I think about where we have come in the last three years, I am amazed. Even more amazing is that we have fun doing it. Here are just a few highlights from the past year. We have:

• Launched an electronic newsletter.
• Offered the Academic SIG Partnership Pre-Conference for a fourth year to an audience of 70+ technical communication professionals, educators, and students. The 2014 pre-conference was held 25 September in Colorado Springs. It ran back to back with CPTSC and ACM SIGDOC—three conferences together.
• Launched the third annual Student Poster Competition for the STC Summit, complete with great prizes and incentives (besides the incredible opportunity to network).
• Welcomed a new Assistant Manager for the SIG, Dr. Lisa Meloncon. This is the result of our first annual election.
• Supported the regeneration of the STC Body of Knowledge.
• Piloted a MentorBoard for students and academics.
• Coordinated efforts with the STC Board that have resulted in all student members’ receiving a complimentary membership to the SIG with their Society membership. We want to be the welcoming point for students.
• Seen our members win a number of research and teaching awards including the Frank R. Smith and Gould awards.
In the coming year, we plan to expand our efforts to:
• Establish a research grant or scholarship and pursue funding to enrich these offerings.
• Offer webinars of interest to students and educators.
• Pursue a rejuvenated Academic Programs database.
• Build a critical mass for the MentorBoard.
• Build our presence in social media.
• Make sure that our membership receives excellent opportunities that support them professionally.

I want to place exclamation points everywhere because we are doing outstanding work and making connections for our membership. And for the first time, we have talented people just waiting for opportunities to contribute to our initiatives.

The STC Academic SIG is the place to be. We want you to be a part of our mission:

The STC Academic SIG is a community of educators, practitioners, and students. We mentor young professionals to become future leaders in the field of technical communication and support the exchange of knowledge between academia and industry.

Pre-Conference Registration

Register now for the STC Academic SIG Pre-Conference on 25 September 2014, the day before the CPTSC Conference, at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The Pre-Conference is free of charge. Online registration is available until 16 September 2014; after that date, registration will be taken at the door.

The Pre-Conference format has changed this year: it is shorter (12:45 pm – 5:15pm) and features concurrent sessions and technology workshops. You can view the overall schedule here, and read about the sessions and presenters here.

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Announcing the 2014 Pre-Conference

The STC Academic SIG Pre-Conference at CPTSC is being held 25 September 2014. The pre-conference is free of charge and is followed immediately by the annual CPTSC and ACM SIGDOC conferences. All three conferences are being held from September 25 to 29 at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

The Pre-Conference format has changed this year: it is shorter (Noon – 5pm) and features concurrent sessions.

Watch this space for more Pre-Conference information and registration coming soon!

Congratulations to Our Members!

The Academic SIG is proud to announce a number of honors to be bestowed on our members at the upcoming Summit.

  • Sally Henschel and Lisa Meloncon for the Frank R. Smith Outstanding Article Award for their article “Current State of U.S. Undergraduate Degree Programs in Technical and Professional Communication.”
  • Pam Estes Brewer for the Jay R. Gould award for excellence in teaching.
  • Kirk St.Amant for his election to Fellow of the STC, and Cindy Pao for her election to Associate Fellow of the STC.
  • Craig Baehr for the Distinguished SIG Service Award.

Congratulations on your well-deserved honors!

The Academic SIG is also proud to announce it has earned two honors to be presented at The Summit: Community of Excellence (third year in a row), and sharing the Pacesetter award with the Orlando-Central Florida and Willamette Valley chapters for their partnership with the Sigma Tau Delta Society.

The Academic SIG is always pleased to announce news of its members’ accomplishments. If you have news you’d like to share, please send a message to our newsletter editor, Samantha Gale (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

Poster Contest Deadline Extended!

The deadline for the STC student poster submissions has been extended to Monday, March 31, 2014. The STC Summit will be held in Phoenix, with presentation of winning posters on May 20, 2014.

Previous winner, Samantha Gale, had this to say about her poster contest experience:

“Competing in the STC Student Poster Contest helped hone many of my skills that would later come in handy during job interviews and client work. I had to prepare a physical representation of my research that would answer any possible questions the judges could have; articulate my passion for and knowledge of a topic to people who hadn’t seen the work that had gone into creating the poster; and defend myself and my work in front of people who would decide my fate. It was an exciting process, and my hard work paid off with a win — two years in a row!”

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to attend the STC Summit for free (selected posters will be printed by STC), build their portfolios, and network. Instructions for submitting posters can be found here.

Call for Student Posters – Summit ’14

If you are a student in an undergraduate or graduate Tech Comm program or course, consider answer the call for the Student Poster Contest at The Summit ’14. It’s a great opportunity to present one of your research project results, get feedback on your work, and make some professional contacts.

STC will print and display the top 3 posters throughout the Summit. The student finalists will have their conference fee waived for the day of their poster presentation (Tuesday, May 20th), and they will be provided tickets to the Award Banquet that evening.

You can read all the details at Call for Posters STC Summit ’14

Deadline for submission is 10 March 2014.

Wow, What a Pre-conference!!

Thanks to all the presenters, participants, and sponsors in this year’s Partnership Pre-conference.
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If you attended live or virtually, we’d love to hear your feedback on the Pre-conference. Drop us a line email hidden; JavaScript is required

If you weren’t able to attend, we hope to have the videos available by the end of the October. Watch this space.

Academic SIG to Live Stream 2013 Pre-Conference

If you can’t attend the Pre-Conference in Cincinnati on Thursday, plan to take advantage of the Pre-Conference livestream starting at 9:30 a.m. with a keynote speech by Joann Hackos. You can find links to the program and livestreams here.

You can join in the Twitter backchannel chat using the hashtag #2013preconf.

If you can’t join us by livestream, the presentations will be archived on this site later in October.

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