Catholic Theological
Society of America

Convention Policies

  • Ordinarily, speakers and respondents at the annual convention should be CTSA members (active or associate) with dues paid up-to-date, or individuals who have an application for membership on file with the CTSA Secretary by the time of the deadline for paper proposals. 

  • Members of CTSA committees and session administrative teams must be members (active or associates) with dues paid up-to-date.

  • At the annual convention, members may only have one speaking role. This rule includes speakers who are presenters, panelists, or respondents. This rule does not apply to members of under-represented groups, though it does apply to participation in the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology.

  • Members cannot have a speaking role for more than two consecutive years in a three-year period.

  • There may be no more than three speakers (presenter, panelist or respondent) in any single session so as to preserve sufficient time in each session for discussion.   

  • Individuals should limit their non-presenter roles on the convention program as conveners or moderators in order to allow others to serve in these roles. Often, institutional support for convention attendance requires a role on the program. 

  • When warranted, a non-member may be invited to participate in a particular session with the approval of the president-elect.  In such instances, if the non-member will not be attending the rest of the convention he/she need not pay registration fees for the convention.

  • The Christianity Judaism Consultation is permitted to have one non-member Jewish respondent at the annual convention.  The respondent must register for the convention if he or she intends to participate or attend any other sessions, plenaries, or events related to the annual convention.

  • Up to $50.00 may be requisitioned by conveners to support “out of pocket” expenses. Usually, incidental expenses are supported by the convener’s institution.  (May not be used for personal expenditures.  Must be used for items related to the session, e.g. copy charges for handouts.)

  • No one currently serving on the board should participate in a selected session proposal.

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