STC recognizes achievements in the Technical Communication industry in many ways. This page summarizes the honors and awards bestowed by STC, as well as the STC Houston members who have received them:
- Jay R. Gould Award
- Associate Fellow
- Distinguished Chapter Service Award
- Sigma Tau Chi
- STC Houston Person of the Year
In addition to these honors and awards, STC recognizes achievements in our industry with additional award programs. For more information about these additional awards, see Awards.
Jay R. Gould Award
The Jay R. Gould Award for excellence in teaching technical communication honors the distinguished teaching career of Professor Gould, whose academic mentorship of technical communication students guided many men and women into the profession. This award honors excellence in teaching that becomes true academic mentorship: the personal and professional concern that the best teachers extend to their students beyond the demands of the classroom and beyond even graduation as former students continue to grow throughout their professional careers. For more information, see Jay R. Gould Award.
Fellow is the highest rank that the Society can confer upon a member. The rank of fellow is conferred only upon associate fellows who have attained such eminence in the field of technical communication that the board, by a two-thirds vote of all members, deems them worthy of being singled out as one of the select few who have distinguished the Society and the profession. For more information, see Honorary Ranks.
Associate fellow recognizes members’ achievements in technical communication fields, in contributions to STC, or both. The rank of associate fellow is conferred only upon a senior member who has attained distinction in the field of technical communication. Candidates must have been active in technical communication for at least fifteen (15) years and members of the Society for at least ten (10) years. The candidate 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 a significant contribution to the Society.
For more information, see Honorary Ranks.
Distinguished Chapter Service Award
The Distinguished Chapter Service Award acknowledges the work of chapter members who provide exemplary service to the Society through their dedication to the chapter and its activities. STC has long recognized the importance of the hard work and commitment of members of its chapters. Without their energy and enthusiasm, the Society would cease to be the largest, most effective, and most prestigious organization of technical communicators in the world. For more information, see DCSA.
Sigma Tau Chi
Sigma Tau Chi (STX) recognizes students enrolled in baccalaureate or graduate technical communication programs who have a cummulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, are exemplary in participation in STC, and demonstrate a potential for significant contribution to the profession. For more information, see Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma Awards.
STC Houston Person of the Year Award
This award recognizes STC Houston members who have provided excellent service to the chapter during the program year. The Administrative Council selects one or two members each year who have committed extensive time and energy to contribute to the success of the chapter and its members. This award has had several names over the years, including Shoulder of Giants, Member of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.