Sandi Harner, Candidate for Nominating Committee

STC’s 2009 election begins on 10 March 2009 and runs until 9 April 2009.

The following message was submitted by a candidate for office. You may review the candidates’ biographies, ask them questions, and view their responses to questions posed by other members on the Candidates’ Page of the STC website. Information on casting your ballot will be sent to you prior to the opening of the election.

Sandra Harner
Sandra Harner

By Sandi Harner
Professor, Technical and Professional Communication
Fellow 2001
Recipient of the Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication

I am seeking your vote to become a member of the STC Nominating Committee. I have been an active member of STC since 1984. In 1988, I chartered the Cedarville University Student Chapter and have served on the local level as faculty advisor for the student chapter since its beginning. In 1992, I began serving on the Society level when I was asked to manage the Sigma Tau Chi Committee. My Society-level service continued for the next seven years as I managed the Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication, in addition to Sigma Tau Chi, the student honorary society. During those years, I also served as onsite judge for ITPC, a reviewer for the STC Annual Conference proposals, and, in 1999, served as a member of the STC Annual Conference Support Committee.

In 1999, my service to the Society took on a new level as I was asked to serve on the STC Board of Directors as Assistant to the President for Academic and Research Programs. This position is a one-year appointment in which APs serve at the pleasure of the president. I was asked by eight successive presidents to continue my service on the Board in that capacity.

In 2006, I stepped down from the Board position and concentrated my STC service once again on the chapter level where I have served as faculty advisor for the student chapter for twenty-one years. In addition, I am a member of the Fellows Nominating Committee and am a member of the Task Force currently working on the Body of Knowledge Project. At this point in my career, I have chosen to accept the nomination to become a candidate for the Nominating Committee because I believe in this capacity I can benefit the Society best with my previous experience and knowledge of STC Board operations. My service on the Society level has prepared me with a unique understanding of the characteristics of effective Board members.

STC has been the primary source of the advancement of my own career as a professor of technical communication and a consultant in the field. It is my desire to give back to the organization that has been so important in my professional life, as well as in the lives of many of my students.

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