Get Involved

The STC-SM chapter has an elected executive administrative council that works hand-in-hand with dedicated committee managers. As a team, we run all chapter operations, support our members, maintain our website, post to social media, serve as advisors and mentors, plan and run events, and so much more!  You can lend a hand for just a few hours, jump in and tackle a larger project, or make a commitment to the chapter to serve for at least a full term/year. Even if you are not a member of STC or STC-SM, we have opportunities for you to gain valuable experience and make connections.

Please email our our nominations manager  for more information about supporting any of the roles described below. We are always looking for talented, motivated people to grow with us.

Executive Administrative Council

The executive administrative council is empowered with primary voting authority to pursue chapter initiatives, allocate resources, plan events, and authorize financial expenditures to further the strategic objectives of the society and goals of the current president. You must be a current STC-SM member to run for an elected position on the executive administrative council.

President

Oversees chapter operations, sets goals for the chapter, and helps members and volunteers plan, organize, and conduct the various chapter activities. The president takes over the immediate past president position in the following chapter term.

Vice president

Supports the president in all aspects of the chapter as needed and takes over the president’s role in the following chapter term.

Immediate past president

Serves as the nominations committee chair and continues to advise and support chapter-level initiatives and the goals of the current president.

Treasurer

Manages the chapter’s budget, funds, financial records, and all other financial operations.

Secretary

Records the meeting minutes for council meetings, reminds other council members of upcoming events and meetings, maintains the council’s contact information, and archives chapter materials as needed.

Committee Managers

The committee managers are vital to our chapter and participate in council meetings and chapter decision-making, and many of these roles can be performed remotely if you live outside of southeastern Michigan.

Membership manager

Maintains lists of current and prospective members, welcomes new members to the chapter, develops ideas for attracting new members, and answers questions that prospective members might have about the chapter.

Publicity manager

Promotes chapter events and activities as well as other events in the community of interest to STC-SM chapter members. Works with the social media manager to increase public awareness of both our profession and the STC.

Social media manager

Promotes STC-SM chapter activities as well as those of the STC and other organizations on the chapter’s social media accounts. Expands the social media network and connections of  STC-SM within the broader technical communication community.

Webmaster

Maintains and manages the STC-SM website, administers the chapter email system, explores new technologies and ideas for online resources, and helps to recruit chapter members and volunteers to create website content.

Mentoring program coordinator

Facilitates the STC-SM mentoring program and helps match prospective mentees with the best  possible mentor.

Educational liaison

Coordinates communication between STC-SM members and colleges and universities in our area.

Professional liaison

Promotes and coordinates communications, activities, and partnerships between STC-SM members and the business community.

Nominations manager

Identifies and invites members to run for elected positions within the chapter, and also coordinates and recruits volunteers for non-elected roles.

Greeter/event registration

Greets and registers attendees at chapter events.

Other Opportunities to Lend Your Talent

Become a mentor in our mentoring program

Give back to your profession and see it with fresh eyes by sharing your expertise with aspiring technical communicators. See our mentoring program page  for more information.

Create content for stc-sm.org

Add to your portfolio of work and gain a searchable byline by writing an article for our website that is of interest to technical communicators. You can write a book review, recap an event you attended, discuss software, examine trends in technical communication, or research any number of other subjects. If approved, a member of STC-SM will provide editorial feedback and publish your article on our website. Email our newsletter editor for content submissions.

Speak at one of our events

Do you want to give a presentation that relates to technical communication? Please submit your proposal and, if approved by our council, STC-SM will sponsor, organize, and promote your presentation.

Host a networking event in your area

If you want to organize a meetup with other technical communications professionals, let us know! If approved by our council, STC-SM will sponsor, organize, and promote your meetup.