Two of our Seneca Tech Comm professors have received professional acknowledgement from the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Beth Agnew has been named an Associate Fellow, and Bernard Aschwanden has been elected Vice President of the Society; he will move into the role of STC President next year.
These honors represent endorsement by their peers of their skills and leadership in the profession of technical communication, a discipline where practitioners make technology easier to use and understand.
“We are delighted to see our faculty achieve these important professional milestones,” said Michael Maynard, Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design. “Both professors are generous in sharing their deep industry expertise with our students, and have further distinguished themselves by their commitment to our post-graduate Technical Communication program. Our graduates enter the field with confidence in their skills, having been mentored by such accomplished teachers.”
Advancement to the rank of Associate Fellow is predicated upon having accomplished important work in the field of technical communication, made significant contributions to the Society, held leadership positions, published papers, given presentations, and mentored those new to the field.
Beth Agnew, one of the first to achieve the Certified Professional Technical Communicator designation, has been the manager of the STC’s Marketing Communications Special Interest Group (SIG), assisted with the STC’s Military Transition to Tech Comm initiative, and is a popular speaker at society events and industry conferences. She is the coordinator of the Seneca Technical Communication program.
The position of STC Vice President involves promoting the profession worldwide, and guiding the future direction of the Society. The VP moves into the role of President, then serves as immediate Past-President, making it a 3-year commitment for the person elected.
Bernard Aschwanden is a certified Adobe expert and trainer, and specializes in single-sourced content, which he teaches in the Tech Comm program. He is an Associate Fellow, has been president of the Toronto Chapter of the STC, and served recently as a Director of the society.
Both professors will be acknowledged at an honors banquet at the STC International Summit in Phoenix, AZ in May.