Jay R. Gould Award

The Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication honors the distinguished teaching career of professor Gould.

Professor Gould’s academic mentorship of technical communication students guided many men and women into the profession. The Jay R. Gould Award for excellence in teaching technical communication honors his distinguished teaching career, which is an outstanding example of the long-term commitment, innovation, and excellence in teaching.

This award honors true academic mentorship; a record of successful students, defined as those who are involved in STC, and actively working in the profession; involvement in student activities outside of the classroom; innovation and creativity in teaching, and involvement in research that leads to changes in the way technical communication is taught.


2016 Honorees

Steven M. Gerson, Johnson County Community College 

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Citation: For a career dedicated to student success through inspiriational teaching and exceptional mentoring



Herb J. Smith, Kennesaw State University


Citation: For a career dedicated to effective education that has influences teaching practices across the field.


Nomination process

Please consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.

Who is eligible: STC Members who have belonged to the Society for ten years or more, involved in post-secondary education for at least fifteen years, and whose primary career is teaching the philosophy and theory of technical communication as a distinct discipline.

Who may recommend: Department chairs, Deans, Colleagues, and Students

Due date for recommendations: 1 November 2016

Due date for applications by recommended candidates: 12 November 2016

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

Award Presented: At the Honors Reception at the STC Technical Communication Summit 

The Jay R. Gould Guidelines

The previous Jay R. Gould Winners

Recommendations should be sent via email to both

Jay R. Gould Award Committee Chair: Pam Brewer
Staff Liaison: Elaine Gilliam