Society for Technical Communication Honors MSU professor Sally Henschel

Society for Technical Communication Honors MSU professor Sally Henschel

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) honored MSU's professor Sally Henschel with the President's Award at its annual conference in Phoenix, Ariz. The award honors one or more individuals or institutions that have made distinguished contribution to the profession of technical communication or the Society.

Henschel, Assistant Professor of English and online writing curriculum coordinator, specializes in technical and professional communication, rhetoric of technology, and information design. Her research includes programmatic issues in technical and professional communication and trends in the communication and English core curriculum. A senior member of STC, Henschel serves as the student manager for the STC Academic Special Interest Group Administrative Council.

Henschel earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in English from Midwestern State University. She earned her Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University. She joined the MSU faculty in 2000.

Her work has been published in a number of journals including Technical CommunicationProgrammatic PerspectivesIntercomKairos, and the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas. Her research has been presented at the Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Computers and Writing Conference, the International Professional Communication Conference, and the STC Summit.

"Being awarded the President's Award by STC President Nicky Bleiel is, without a doubt, the highlight of my career as professor," said Henschel. "While a graduate student, I joined STC when I learned of the wealth of resources and connections the organization offers those in the field of technical communication. The benefits I received as a member were both immediate and long term." Henschel said that as a student she used STC's publications and resources for her studies and research, and began to make connections with professionals in the field. As a professor, she still continues to benefit through participation in the organization. "I am fortunate to be a part of this vibrant organization and am both humbled and honored to have received the President's Award," Henschel added.

STC is the world's largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication, comprised of more than 5,000 members on six continents throughout its 80 chapters and 11 Special Interest Groups. STC members work in every industry, producing instructional manuals, online help, multimedia, training resources, and other forms of technical communication.