Frank R. Smith Award

Technical Communication, capsule the Society’s journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field’s most noteworthy writers.

The Frank R. Smith outstanding journal article award recognizes the authors of exceptional articles that appeared in Technical Communication during a calendar year. Since 1966, STC has paid tribute to the authors whose contributions have made Technical Communication one of the most highly respected journals devoted to the arts and sciences of technical communication.

Judges base their decisions on the article’s content and form. Content is judged on the degree to which it represents contributions to new knowledge, new perspectives, or practical communication applications or techniques. Form is judged by the degree to which it embodies effective and appropriate organization; apt language and correct grammar; relevant and meaningful tables and illustrations; and spirit of vibrancy, intensity, conviction, or enthusiasm in transmitting information.

2015 Honoree for Outstanding Article

Leo R. Lentz, Henk L.W. Pander Maat, and Ted J.M. Sanders for their article, “Towards Evidence-Based Writing Decisions: The Knowledge Base Comprehensible Text” in the February 2014 issue of Technical Communication.

Citation: For research that contributes to academic and industry practices in ways that can foster meaningful discussions across the field.


2015 Honoree for Distinguished Article

Saul Carliner, Adnan Qayyum, and Juan Carlos Sanchez-Lozano for their article, “What Measures of Productivity and Effectiveness Do Technical Communication Managers Track and Report?” in the May 2014 issue of Technical Communication.

Citation: For research that advances our understanding of how technical communicators contribute value to organizations.



Nomination process

Please consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.

Who is eligible: Technical Communication authors

Who may nominate: Frank R. Smith Award Committee

Due date for nominations: February 2016

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

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

The Frank R. Smith Guidelines.

Previous winners of the Frank R. Smith Award


Frank R. Smith Commitee Chair: Leah Guren

Technical Communication Editor: Sam Dragga, PhD