Society for Technical Communication
The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is a professional society for the advancement of the theory and practice of technical communication. With membership estimated between over 6,000 members, it's the largest organization of its type in the world. The society publishes a quarterly journal, a magazine ten times a year and an international conference in addition to books, seminars and workshops.
Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, STC is the largest organization of its type in the world according to its website. It includes 87 chapters, 10 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and over 6,000 members worldwide. STC members work in a wide range of roles, including:
- Technical writing
- Content development
- Environmental, safety, and health communication
- Graphic arts
- Human factors
- Information architecture
- Instructional design
- Single source publishing
- Software development
- Technical illustration
- Visual design
- Web design
Most STC members belong to one or more communities, which are either geographic chapters or special interest groups (SIGs). Most chapters are in the United States, but STC includes members from 14 countries. The largest group outside the U.S. is the chapter in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
STC publishes a quarterly journal, Technical Communication, and a monthly magazine, Intercom.
The organization traces its roots to the Society of Technical Writers (STW) in Boston and the Association of Technical Writers and Editors (ATWE) in New York. Both were founded in the United States in 1953. These organizations merged in 1957 to form the Society of Technical Writers and Editors (STWE). In 1960, this group merged with the Technical Publishing Society (TPS), based in Los Angeles, to become the Society of Technical Writers and Publishers. In 1971, the organization's name was changed to the Society for Technical Communication.
The organization's main journal developed from the TWE Journal to the STWE Review to the STWP Review to Technical Communications to Technical Communication. Editors of this journal have included Douglas E. Knight, Allan H. Lytel, A. Stanley Higgins, Frank R. Smith, George Hayhoe, and Menno de Jong.
Other important leaders in the history of STC include Robert T. Hamlett (first president of ATWE), A. E. Tyler (first president of TPS), Samuel A. Miles (president of the Society of Technical Writers and Editors, which became ATWE's New York chapter in 1955), Vernon R. Root, Robert O. Shockney, and Stello Jordan. In 2011, Alan Houser was elected vice president of the organization; per their by-laws, he became president in 2012, and was succeeded by his own vice president Nicky Bleiel in 2013.
STC's annual publications competition for 2012-2013 was held in Washington, D.C. The organization also has branches internationally. On November 12, 2012, STC's branch in India held its 14th annual conference in Bangalore.
Technical Communication Summit (Annual Conference)
In May or June of each year, STC holds the Technical Communication Summit, the largest conference for technical communicators in the world. Conferences have been or will be held in the following locations:
- 2004: Baltimore
- 2005: Seattle
- 2006: Las Vegas
- 2007: Minneapolis
- 2008: Philadelphia
- 2009: Atlanta
- 2010: Dallas
- 2011: Sacramento
- 2012: Chicago
- 2013: Atlanta
- 2014: Phoenix
STC recognizes outstanding individuals by conferring the titles of Fellow, Associate Fellow, and Honorary Fellow. STC's Honorary Fellow for 2009 was "Jimmy Wales, the founder and creator of Wikipedia."
STC also sponsors honorary societies for technical communication students with a grade point average of 3.5 or above:
- Sigma Tau Chi recognizes students in four-year or graduate programs
- Alpha Sigma recognizes students in two-year or certificate programs
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