New: the STC Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Service

Nominations are now being accepted for STC's newly established Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Service, which recognizes meritorious service to the Society for Technical Communication. Instructions can be found below on how to apply.

Nominations are due: 11 March 2022

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Service recognizes meritorious service to the Society for Technical Communication by an individual who has demonstrated significant and sustained acts of volunteer service with enduring benefits to the Society and the profession of technical communication. This award encompasses a lifetime of service to the Society that spans multiple accomplishments, levels, and long-lasting impacts.

Nominees for the award must have at least 15 years of membership (and be current members) of the Society. They should have contributed significantly to the Society over the lifetime of their membership in each of the following areas:

  • Leadership. Served in multiple senior leadership roles at different Society levels (chapter, SIG, committee, Board), and/or created, developed, or implemented a significant sustained program or initiative for the Society.
  • Education. Given multiple webinars, short courses, conference presentations that help the education and development of Society members.
  • Mentorship. Participated in significant mentorship or volunteer activities, which benefit new professionals and/or students.
  • Publications. Written and published articles on technical communication topics in a range of STC publications, which benefits other technical communicators.

Individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by a current STC member in good standing. Current members of the committee may not nominate individuals. Nomination packets should include: (1) a cover letter from the nominator; (2) a full curriculum vitae/resume for the nominee; (3) and two signed letters of recommendation. Past nominations will be carried over and considered for two additional years and can be modified during this period if revisions are submitted by the deadline.

Nomination packets may also include the following supplemental materials: testimonials: any e-mail, letter, or other written evidence of the impact of the applicant's service work to the Society. For example, the applicant may submit copies of letters of appreciation or thanks or copies of citations; or descriptive documents, such as sample charter, business plan, proposals, or executive summaries of programs or initiatives created, developed, or managed.

Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF file by email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and must be received by 11 March 2022.

STC members are eligible regardless of other STC honors or awards received. Current members of the STC Board of Directors and the review committee are not eligible to be nominated for this award. The award will be typically given once per year to a single individual and an individual can only receive this award once. Past nominations will be carried over to the next year for consideration and can be modified during this period, if received before the appropriate deadline.

The award will be presented at the Honors Reception at the STC Summit each year.

Download the Full Award Guidelines (.docx)

Ideas and Notes from STC WDCB Summer Vision Day 2014

Photo of a spot at the beach with a chair, sunglasses, coconut drink with an umbrella

The recording for Summer Vision Day 2014 in in our list of podcasts in the sidebar.

Download the Summer Vision Day 2014 PowerPoint Slides (3.2 Mb .pptx).

During the meeting, we asked members to post ideas and needs for future events. Please use our WDCB website as a forum for sharing ideas.

  • What kinds of events would you like to see in the coming months?
  • What kinds of topics should we cover?
  • For what kinds of speakers should we look?

We asked to hear from you, the membership, and we mean it. What’s on your mind? What do you need?

Please share your thoughts here.

WDCB Admin Council Update: Still Need Secretary and Treasurer nominations

We have received nominations / volunteers to run for chapter president, vice president, and at-large-directors on the administrative council. We still need some volunteers to run for chapter secretary and treasurer. Nominate yourself or someone else. Run again–we welcome experienced repeats. Send election nominations to the Nominations Manager.

A good election is always a contested election: so don’t be shy. Even though we’ve received names of volunteers who are willing to run for some offices, if you want to be a contender, nominate yourself!

Job descriptions for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and At-Large Director are at

You don’t need a vision statement—just a willingness to volunteer, support our profession, and learn leadership skills.

If you don’t win the office of your choice, we can always use volunteers as committee managers. Gain some experience in leadership and in working with a group of volunteers. Our committees are described at with links to the job descriptions for each position. To volunteer for a committee, fill out the Volunteer Signup form at

We want you. We need you. Join us!