The Ohio STC Volunteer Team: Academic Relations

The Ohio STC community relies on a dedicated team of volunteers to maintain our chapter. There are an array of volunteer opportunities including: Communications, Membership, Newsletter, Programs, GoToMeeting Specialist, Eventbrite Specialist, Networking Lunches and Social Events, Competition, Academic Relations, Honors Chair, Vendor and Sponsor Relations, and Webmaster. All of these roles are actively seeking new members.

This newsletter article is going to share a bit of the responsibilities of the Academic Relations chair. Our current Academic Relations Chair is Lisa Mileusnich, who has done a terrific job of anchoring Academic Relations since 2016.

“When you were a student, did anyone inspire you to become a writer? Volunteering with the Ohio STC Academic Relations committee is your chance to mentor students, encourage them to enter the writing profession, and provide a business practitioner perspective that they may not get on campus,” said Lisa Mileusnich.

Academic Relations is responsible for maintaining relationships with local educational institutions in order to cultivate new technical communicator’s interest in the Ohio STC. The benefits are two-fold: new technical communicators can network with experienced senior writers and senior writers have a source of new writing talent and access to fresh ideas.

Academic Relations responsibilities require three hours a month over a one-year commitment.

Required tasks:

  • Send announcements to faculty list. Announcements include job postings for internships and entry-level writing jobs (in Ohio and remote), STC events that students might want to attend, scholarship information, and details about STC student memberships and opportunities for student members to volunteer at the Summit.
  • Coordinate speaking engagements at local colleges two or three times a year.
  • Work with membership committee on reimbursement for membership if we get a student member.
  • Keep faculty contact list up-to-date.

The Academic Relations chair needs:

  • Organizational skills
  • People skills
  • Must enjoy working with students.

The current Academic Chair has been acting as a solo role but ideally this should be a team.

If you are interested in participating in the Academic Relations role, please reach out to any member of the leadership team and we will connect you with best resource.

By Paul Holland