Honorary Ranks

In addition to membership grades (general, senior member, and student member), STC bestows three elective, honorary ranks: Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Honorary Fellow.

Associate Fellows Chair: Brian Lindgren
Fellows Chair: Larry Kunz
Staff Liaison: Elaine Gilliam

For more information on eligibility or nomination criteria, click through the tabs.

WHAT IS AN STC FELLOW?

The rank of Fellow is the highest honor an STC member can receive and may only be awarded to Associate Fellows who have continued to excel in the field of technical communication. STC Fellows contribute to the profession and the Society at the highest level, as indicated by their publications, presentations, awards, mentoring, leadership, and community service.

Becoming an STC Fellow is a lifelong journey of achievement, an honor bestowed by the Society upon Associate Fellows who have continued to make exemplary contributions to our organization and profession, who have made good on their promise to make a difference.

STC members who have held the rank of Associate Fellow for at least three years are eligible to be considered for advancement to the rank of Fellow. Such Associate Fellows will have been members of the Society for at least 13 years, and been active in the technical communication profession for at least 18 years.

Each year, the Society invites qualified Associate Fellows to present their credentials for review by the Fellows Nominating Committee. This committee, composed entirely of Fellows, considers carefully the accomplishments of Associate Fellows in these areas:

  • Professional qualifications (academic and other) and experience, demonstrating significant achievements in and advancement of technical communication over a long career.
  • STC activities, demonstrating distinguished contributions to STC and to the advancement of the profession through Society activities.
  • Activities with other professional organizations, demonstrating significant contributions to the field of technical communication and advancement of the profession in organizations other than STC.
  • Publications, presentations, and electronic media, demonstrating breadth of experience, original contributions, and advancement of the profession of technical communication.
  • Honors and awards in technical communication, demonstrating widespread recognition of eminence in the profession.
  • Volunteer mentoring and community service that involves sharing communication skills, demonstrating significant contributions to organizations outside the technical communication field.

If the Fellows Nominating Committee believes that an Associate Fellow has excelled in each of these areas and is deserving of this highest honor conferred upon a member by the Society, the committee will recommend to the STC Board of Directors that he or she be elected a Fellow. The Board considers each recommended candidate and may, by a two-thirds vote of all members, elect him or her a Fellow.

Senior Members may not apply for the rank of Associate Fellow; they must be nominated by a committee composed of Fellows and Associate Fellows. Any voting STC member can submit a completed Recommendation for Associate Fellow to the Associate Fellows Nominating Committee. The committee reviews the completed forms and nominates to the STC Board of Directors the candidates it believes have met all requirements. The Board considers each nominated candidate and may, by a two-thirds vote of all members, elect him or her an Associate Fellow.

We take enormous pride in recognizing our Fellows for their extraordinary accomplishments in and contributions to the arts and science of technical communication.

WHO ARE FELLOWS?

STC Fellows are some of the top technical communicators in our Society. For more information on those who have reached this status, see the bullets below.

  • Complete List of Fellows
  • Read Path to Fellow stories, submitted by the honorees

HOW CAN I BECOME A FELLOW?

Application for Fellow (Word)
Guidelines for the STC Fellows Nominating Process (PDF)

Nomination process: Please consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.

Who is eligible: To be considered for Fellow, a candidate must be an Associate Fellow with three years at that rank. Members of STC’s Board of Directors are ineligible for nomination.

Who may recommend a candidate: Eligible candidates complete their own applications, and are contacted by the Fellows Committee when eligible.

Due date for nominations: 1 October

Honorees notified: After vote by STC Board of Directors, usually January

Formal Presentation of Honor: At the Honors Reception at the annual STC Technical Communication Summit.

What is an Associate Fellow?

 

An STC Associate Fellow is a Senior Member who has been formally recognized by the Society for having attained distinction in the field of technical communication.

STC members who have been active in the field of technical communication for at least 15 years and have been Senior Members for at least five years, as of the recommendation submission deadline, are eligible to be considered for advancement to the rank of Associate Fellow. In addition, Associate Fellow candidates must have accomplished one or more of the following:

  • Been responsible for important work in the field of technical communication.
  • Done notable original work that has contributed to the advancement of technical communication.
  • Made significant contributions to the Society and helped to tell STC’s powerful story.

Associate Fellows are among the stars of our profession. They usually have held multiple leadership positions, published papers, or written articles or books; they’ve given dozens of presentations and mentored those who are new to our field.

Senior Members can self-nominate for the rank of Associate Fellow or they can be nominated by another STC member. Any voting STC member can submit a completed Nomination for Associate Fellow form to the Associate Fellows Committee. The committee reviews the completed forms and recommends to the STC Board of Directors the candidates it believes have met all requirements. The Board considers each recommended candidate and votes whether to select him or her as an Associate Fellow.

We are extremely proud of our Associate Fellows for their outstanding accomplishments in the field of technical communication and contributions to STC.

Who are Associate Fellows?

STC Associate Fellows are some of the top technical communicators in our Society. For more information on those who have reached this status, see the bullets below.

  • Complete List of Associate Fellows
  • Read Path to Associate Fellow stories, submitted by the honorees

How can I become an Associate Fellow?

Nomination for Associate Fellow—application form (Word)
Guidelines for Nominating and Recommending Candidates for Associate Fellow (PDF)

Who is eligible: To be considered for election as an Associate Fellow, a candidate must have been active in technical communication for at least 15 years and have fulfilled ten years of service as an STC Member, as of the application submission deadline.

Nomination process: Please consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.

Who may nominate a candidate: Any STC member. Members of STC’s Board of Directors and the Associate Fellows committee may not nominate or serve as references for candidates.

Due date for nominations: 1 October 2015

Honorees and Nominators notified: After vote by STC Board of Directors, usually January

Formal Presentation of Honor: At the Honors Banquet at the STC Technical Communication Summit.

The rank of Honorary Fellow is conferred upon a person who is not a member of the Society but who has achieved eminence in the field of technical communication.

  • Full list of Honorary Fellows