I am running for STC Vice President in 2014 because we are at a critical point. The Society for Technical Communication (STC) needs to make important decisions to shape the future of the organization. We have hired a new Executive Director and we need to work closely with him, the STC Staff, and our volunteers to ensure STC meets the needs of our members and the profession. We need to bring the technical communication community together and deliver services that help our members provide high quality technical content and user assistance.
I would like to serve the Society and I hope this web site helps you understand why I believe I can help the Society build a successful future. For more information about the election, see stc.org/election.
My Vision for STC
STC should be the organization known for helping everyone design, develop, and deliver quality content. Companies dedicate money for tools and resources to help their employees work more effectively. For example, many companies pay for valuable reference libraries and code samples to help computer programmers develop better code. STC provides these valuable resources, including many types of educational offerings for technical communicators, and we can do more.
Content is exploding and STC needs to be there serving a diverse community with many areas of interest. Serving all these interest areas effectively is a huge challenge involving time, money, and energy. Different groups across many company departments are now developing and delivering content. Some of these content providers have titles and roles that are new to the technical communication field. In other cases, technical communication is evolving to address needs outside our traditional areas of focus.
STC needs to continue focusing on our strengths, providing educational offerings and knowledge sharing, communicating the value of our profession, and forming strong relationships with all content providers and their companies. This effort involves reaching out to many new groups of people across all company departments. These groups of content providers may not have traditionally thought of STC as their professional home, but we should be, and we can be.
To advance our profession, I believe STC needs to continue focusing on several areas:
- Provide events and opportunities for technical communicators to share ideas and knowledge with each other. Through the discussion and debate of our ideas, we can discover new approaches and solutions.
- Provide continuing education in various forms to support members of our profession.
- Provide recognition for industry leaders and promote the value of our profession. Getting our message out can be a difficult task. I would like to see us try to form a stronger relationship with companies through our continuing education offerings, and use those avenues to communicate the value of both STC and technical communication.
- Continue to build strong relationships and partnerships with other groups in related areas.
Why I Want to Serve STC
I have benefitted greatly from the many connections and friendships STC has helped me establish. Through many design and technology discussions, debates, and learning opportunities, I became a better technical communicator. As colleagues, we challenge each other to find better ways to solve problems, and then to share those ideas and solutions. I am grateful for all STC has done for our industry, and now I would like to lend my leadership and business experience to help STC continue to serve our industry and shape future leaders.
Technical communication continues to be a fast-paced, growing field. As new generations enter the field and existing generations find new ways to meet changing demands, we need the Society to grow and develop with these changing needs. My STC experience will help me understand the way we have done things in the past as we identify ways to support our communities and our members for the future. I believe I can help provide the leadership we need to strengthen the Society and focus on delivering services in a cost-effective manner. I also believe I can bring a diverse group of people together and help build consensus to move forward.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you and working together to shape the future of STC and technical communication.