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Advisory Board Membership

As a practitioner, you may join the advisory board of a technical communication program and become involved with one or more activities, which can include:

  • Attend meetings or classes with faculty and students to discuss the state of the profession
  • Serve as an evaluator of students’ graduation portfolios
  • Advise faculty and administrators of the types of subject matter expertise and software skills most likely to help students obtain employment; by providing this advice, you could help to shape the curriculum of a technical communication degree program.
  • Help coordinators of academic programs decide whether a certificate would be of value to students or whether a two-year, four-year, or graduate degree would be preferable
  • Recommend sites for student internships
  • Encourage students to join professional societies

Through your association with an academic program, you might identify entry-level employees for your company. You might find faculty and student volunteers to work on projects related to the profession or a professional society. At the very least, you will observe the quality of the upcoming wave of entrants into the profession.


Sides, C. H. (1998). Corporate advisory boards. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 28(1), 1-2.

This page was created by Ann Jennings and uploaded on July 21, 2010.