Carliner Receives Top Research Award from the Society for Technical Communication


April 21, 2014

In addition to receiving its top award for instructors of technical communication, Saul Carliner has received the Kenneth Rainey Award for Excellence in Research in Technical Communication, the highest honor for technical communication researchers offered by the Society for Technical Communication.

This award honors Ken Rainey, a professor at Southern Polytechnic State University and Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication who produced major research studies that continue to provide ongoing benefit to both practice and teaching in the field of technical communication. The award honors research that has made positive, significant contributions to technical communication practice and teaching. It rewards a lifetime of quality research in the field, a single high-quality empirical study, or a set of related high-quality studies.

Carliner is an Associate Professor, Provost Fellow for e-Learning, and Director of the Education Doctoral Program at Concordia University.

Carliner’s research and teaching focus on the design of materials for learning and communication in the workplace–especially online materials, the management of groups that produce these materials, and the transfer of research to practice.

Carliner has received research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Hong Kong University Grants Council, Canadian Council on Learning, Work and Learning Knowledge Centre, KnowledgeOne, and the STC.  He is a past Research Fellow of the American Society for Training and Development, received the Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research in Technical Communication, and is a member of the Provost’s Circle of Distinction at Concordia University. Carliner has published eight books including the recent Informal Learning Basics and classic Techniques for Technical Communicators (with Carol Barnum).  His publications also include 50 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Information Design Journal, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and Performance Improvement Quarterly and 150 professional articles and book chaptersHis peer-reviewed articles have received awards in six Frank R. Smith Outstanding Award Competitions (including two Best of Shows).

As a consultant, he has advised organizations such as Alltel Wireless, Bronx Zoo, Equitas, IBM, Lowe’s, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics, and several US and Canadian government agencies on complex design projects and strategic issues.

Carliner also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Director of Research for Lakewood Media, and Vice-President of Agence Ometz (a social, employment, and immigration agency). He is a past board member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development and past chair of its Certification Steering Committee, and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication.

Carliner is a Certified Training and Development Professional, a Fellow of the STC, and holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Minnesota and Georgia State University.

The Society for Technical Communication is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication. The Society’s members span the field of the technical communication profession and reach across every industry and continent. The Society has members in almost 50 countries.  Through a growing global community, the Society and its members set the global standards for technical communication. The Society’s award-winning publications, Intercom and Technical Communication, are widely read in the field of technical  communication, and its annual conference is one of the most-attended technical communication events of the year.


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