Ken Rainey Award

The Ken Rainey Award honors the distinguished research contributions of Dr. Rainey.

Ken Rainey was a professor at Southern Polytechnic State University and STC Fellow who produced major research studies that continue to provide ongoing benefit to both practice and teaching in the field of technical communication.

The Ken Rainey Award honors research that has made positive, significant contributions to technical communication practice and teaching. It rewards a lifetime of quality research in the field, a single high-quality empirical study, or a set of related high-quality studies.

2013 Honoree


michael-albersMichael J. Albers

Citation: For his extensive research that helps researchers and practitioners deepen their understanding of making complex systems work, his development of foundational theories that support practice and teaching, and his citizenship in the profession of technical communication.




Nomination process

Please consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.

Who is eligible: STC Members who have belonged to the Society for a minimum of one year

Who may recommend: Any member may nominate, or members may apply directly

Due date for recommendations: 2 November 2013

Due date for applications by recommended candidates: 14 December 2013

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

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

The Ken Rainey Award Guidelines

Previous winners of the Ken Rainey Award

Recommendations should be sent via email to both

Lloyd Tucker, Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Nancy Coppola
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