Steve Jong for STC Director

Photo of Steve Jong at the podium of the 2011 STC Summit

6 December 2016


If you are a current STC member, I have a personal favor to ask. I ask you to sign my nomination petition to appear on the ballot as a candidate for Director at Large of the Society in the upcoming Board election. As specified in Article VIII, Section 2, Part D of the STC Bylaws, I must collect some 600 member signatures in the next month to get on the ballot.

Why do I need to take this route? Well, I was vetted by the STC Nominating Committee, but not selected for the preliminary slate. You know my qualifications: I’ve served as an STC Director at Large and chairman of the Society’s first Certification Commission. I’m a 40-year practitioner, a 30-year member, an Associate Fellow, a past chapter president, and a President’s Award winner for my dedication and leadership. I have managed doc groups and led multiple non-profits. I have experience, and also a unique perspective as someone who understands STC both from top to bottom and from inside and out, and who can help effect the changes we need to survive and thrive.

Signing the petition does not commit you to voting for me in the election, but it does support my opportunity to serve you by letting me appear on the ballot. If I am so honored, I will campaign as a regular candidate. But I pledge to you that I’ll work as hard for STC this time as I have in my past roles—and as hard as I’m working right now to get that chance.

If you’re a current member, please sign the petition. Go here for more information on my platform.

Finally, whether you’re a current member or not, you can help me reach my signature goal by forwarding this message and the petition URL to your own network of contacts:

Thank you so much for your consideration and your help!

STC Election 2016: Who I voted for

The 2016 STC election is currently open. If you’re a member, you should have received a link to the election website (send email to if you have not). It’s important to vote! The Society needs your active involvement. You can find out more about the candidates here.

Here’s who I voted for this year. Continue reading STC Election 2016: Who I voted for

At long last: certification!

As you’ve heard by now, at the STC Summit on April 30 the Board of Directors approved a business plan to begin a certification program for technical communicators. While this was the culmination of my three years as chairman of the Certification Task Force, it also represented the completion of a task that was first discussed at the Annual Conference in 1964 and first taken up by STC committees in 1975. A lot of people worked for a very long time on this! Continue reading At long last: certification!

Off to the Summit! (And I do mean “off”…)

Tomorrow I leave for the STC Annual Summit in Dallas, Texas and my last meeting as a Director at Large. I am finishing my term and rolling off the Board after Monday’s annual business meeting. It will be a little strange not being tremendously busy at the conference this time. (For the record, the Society stops paying my bills at that point.)

I will be presenting the Certification Task Force’s status in the getaway slot on Wednesday. Will the subject draw anyone? Can I keep their attention if it does? You’ll just have to come and find out 8^)

Rachel Houghton will do a fine job as Secretary. As for me, I don’t know yet what I will be doing after the Summit, but I expect to continue being an active member of STC. As I said on STC’s Notebook blog, I’m not going anywhere!