CPTSC Awards, Grants, and Scholarship Information
The Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) invites interested members to apply for research grants up to $1,500. Proposed research projects should relate to one or more of the following CPTSC goals:
- To promote programs in technical and scientific communication,
- To promote research pertaining to programmatic issues in technical and scientific communication, or
- To develop opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information concerning programs, research, and career opportunities.
CPTSC funds projects that contribute to our collective knowledge about all aspects of program administration. Successful projects in the past have compared programs via surveys, conducted textual analyses to inform program marketing, and studied the state of the professoriate. Funds may be used for expenses, materials, salary, and/or travel. CPTSC encourages faculty-student collaborations on projects.
To apply for a CPTSC research grant, interested CPTSC members should submit a 2-3 page proposal that contains the following information:
- Project title on all pages
- Name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for the project investigator(s), on page 1, separable from items 3-6.
- A brief project description
- A discussion of the significance of the project to members of CPTSC and identification of potential publication locations
- An outline of the project methodology or research tasks, including IRB approval if human subjects are involved in any capacity
- A projected budget statement (excluding institutional overhead and indirect costs. Request a waiver from your institution if necessary.
Specific information will be provided each year.
Previous Award Winners
Janel Bloch, Northern Kentucky University, “Learning from Interns: Recommendations for programs in technical and scientific communication”
Laura Palmer, Southern Polytechnic State University, “Information Literacy Skills of Incoming Master’s Students in Online Technical Communication Programs: An Examination of Faculty Expectations and Student Competencies”
Rebecca Rickly and Gregory Zobel, Texas Tech, “Doctoral Student Research Confidence and Research Challenges”
Heather Shearer and Henrietta Shirk, Montana Tech, “Foundational Research to Develop Resources for Health Communication Programs”
Michael Salvo, Purdue University, European Developments in User-Centered Design: Articulating Centers of Practice
Susan Youngblood, Jo Mackiewicz, and Stewart Whittemore, Auburn University, Database for Service Learning Opportunities in Technical Communication (SLOT-C Database)
Susan Popham: African-American Women in a Technical Writing Program
Karl Stolley, Freddrick Logan, and Mathew Ephraim: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Distance Education
Ann Brady and Laurence Jose: Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Scientific and Technical Communication
Ed Malone: The Role of Historical Studies in Technical Communication Curricula
Elizabeth Avery Gomez: Towards a Lexicon for Diversity in Technical and Scientific Communication Programs: Strengthening the Message in Academic Programs and Professional Organizations
Carolyn Rude and Kelli Cargile Cook: The Academic Job Market in Technical Communication, 2005-2006
Jim Nugent—Technical Communication Certificate Program Instructors: Their Situation and Professional Status
Nancy Coppola and Norbert Elliot—A Community Research Model for Assessment of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication
Kirk St. Amant—Expanding CPTSC Program Review Activities: Creating a Reviewer Network
Stevens Amidon and Stuart Blythe: Economics, Technology, and the Management of Technical Communication
Kenneth T. Rainey and Roy K. Turner: “STC Management Interviews”
Doreen Stärke-Meyerring and Ann Hill Duin: “Global Program Partnerships in Technical Communication”
Sandra Harner: “Trends in Undergraduate Curricula in Technical and Scientific Communication Programs”
Charlotte Thralls, Mark Zachry, and Kelli Cargile Cook: A Profile of Doctoral Graduates in Professional, Technical, and Scientific Communication, 1995-2000
Bedford/St. Martin's Diversity Scholarship
The CPTSC Graduate Student Diversity Award
Bedford/St. Martin’s, a leading publisher of textbooks in the field of technical communication, has agreed to sponsor a scholarship for the purpose of supporting the goal of CPTSC to increase diversity in its membership and in the field of technical communication. Eligible candidates for this scholarship include graduate students whose race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and/or nationality are underrepresented in the technical communication field. The scholarship is provided to assist the recipient with expenses associated with the CPTSC conference, up to the amount of the scholarship. It waives the conference fee and provides the winner a $350 scholarship from Bedford/St. Martin’s with an additional $150 supplement from an anonymous donor for a total of $500.
Applicants should satisfy all of the following criteria for the scholarship:
- be a full or part-time graduate student (NOTE: Applicants are eligible for the scholarship if they are graduate students at the time of the conference at which the scholarship is given.)
- be enrolled in a technical communication graduate program or closely related field
- be a member of CPTSC by the deadline for current year conference registration
- attend the current year annual meeting of CPTSC to receive the scholarship
- be a member of a traditionally underrepresented group (racial, ethnic, and/or LGBTQ)
- be a person with "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity" (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)
- be an international student from a nation that is underrepresented in the technical communication field
The scholarship will be given to the graduate student who best meets the eligibility criteria and who exhibits the most potential in the field of Technical and Scientific Communication in his or her studies and research, as determined by the Diversity Scholarship review panel.
Applicants must submit an application form with all needed attachments by March 20, 2013. The scholarship committee will notify the recipients of the scholarship by e-mail no later than April 20, 2013.
NOTE: The scholarship recipient must attend the CPTSC conference to receive the scholarship.
All application materials are to be submitted electronically in one PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Label the file in the following way: CPTSC_DiversityAward_YourLastName_FirstName.pdf. See the Bedford/St. Martin’s Scholarship application form for the list of materials to be submitted.
If you have any questions, please email Han Yu at email@example.com.
Established in 1998, the CPTSC Service Award honors members with a distinguished service history.
Persons nominated to receive the Distinguished Service Award will in general possess the following characteristics and attributes:
- They must be members of CPTSC at the time of their nomination.
- They should be members of long standing in CPTSC with at least seven consecutive years of membership sometime during their careers. The Distinguished Service Selection Committee (DSSC) can recommend exceptions to this rule but only for members of extraordinary merit.
- The nominees must have made significant long-term contributions to programming in technical communication. It is expected the DSSC will consider only members who have established significant careers in technical communication programming, working both on the local and the national levels. The key question will be, "have technical communication programs been significantly affected in a positive manner by this person's career"?
Honorary Distinguished Service Award
The DSSC of the Executive Committee with the advice of the DSSC may from time to time choose non-members to receive an Honorary Distinguished Service Award. Such honorary recipients should have made significant contributions to CPTSC or to programming in technical communication. This contribution could be either as a career-long emphasis or as a significant special contribution.
2011 Stuart Selber
2010 Jan Tovey (posthumously), Jeff Grabill
2009 Gerald Savage | Honorary DSW Michael Steehouder
2008 Bruce Maylath | Honorary DSW Donald Cunningham
2007 Sherry Little, James Zappen
2006 Karen Schnakenberg
2005 Katherine Staples
2004 Ken Rainey, Debby Andrews
2003 Steve Bernhardt
2002 Dan Riordan
2001 Caroly Rude
2000 Mary Coney
1999 Thomas Warren, Laurie Hayes
1998: Tom Pearsall, Virginia Book, Marilyn Samuels
CPTSC Award for
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to program assessment in technical and scientific communication.
2010 Award-winning Book
The second annual CPTSC Award for Excellence in Program Assessment recipients were Margaret Hundleby, PhD and Jo Allen, PhD, for their contribution to program assessment scholarship. Their co-edited volume Assessment in Technical and Professional Communication, Baywood Publishing, is the first full-length compilation of assessment work in the field of technical and professional communication. Their comprehensive work, with its multiple perspectives and approaches, exemplifies the understanding that meaningful assessment is always unique to a program’s institutional setting. See full announcement.
2009 Award-winning Report
The inaugural CPTSC Award for Excellence in Program Assessment recipients were Karen A. Schriver, PhD, and John R. Hayes, PhD. for their sustained excellence in and commitment to assessment. Their report to Rice University, “Bioengineers as Professional Communicators: Assessing the Impact of the Cain Project on Undergraduate Student Performance in Professional Writing and Public Speaking at Rice,” makes an outstanding contribution to our literature and practice with its empirical research on learning outcomes in technical communication.
Karen and John and Rice University have generously allowed us to publish their award-winning report here. Please make certain to reference the report if you use these materials.
he CPTSC conducts reviews of academic programs in technical and scientific communication. The documentation for this process is available here at this site.
Application for Review
Program administrators who are intersted in having their programs reviewed submit an Application.
In preparation for a program review, faculty for the program complete and submit the Self Study.
For more information about the process, contact...
- Texas Tech University
Outcomes Survey Report, October 2011
The Program Review Committee initiated a review of program outcomes in Summer, 2011. This report presents their initial findings.
At the 1994 Annual Business meeting in Las Cruces, NM, the CPTSC Membership adopted a resolution initiating an archive of organizational materials at the University of Minnesota.
The archived materials are available at the Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Because digital copies have been made, this archive is considered closed. However, digital copies will be available soon on the Andersen Library's website.When available, an announcement will be made on the CPTSC discussion list.
Future archived materials will be digitized and stored on an external hard drive. Please contact Tracy Bridgeford if you have any materials you'd like to include in the archive.
During the 2008 summer semester, Jessica Pearson, University of Minnesota student, interned with CPTSC creating an annotated bibliography of each document in the archives. An annotated bibliography of the archives will be available soon.