Catholic Theological
Society of America


Convention Policies


  • 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. 

  • Under special circumstances and when warranted, a non-member may be invited to participate in a particular session with the approval of the president-elect.  In such instances, it is strongly recommend the non-member register for the convention (daily rate is available) to enable the non-member to engage with members throughout the day.  If this is not possible and the non-member will not be attending any other sessions, plenaries, or food and beverage events at the convention, his or her registration fees for the convention may be waived by the president-elect.*

  • The Christianity Judaism Consultation and the Comparative Theology Reading Group is permitted to have one non-member, i.e. Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, respondent at the annual convention.   In such instances, it is strongly recommend the non-member register for the convention (daily rate is available) to enable the non-member to engage with members throughout the day.  If this is not possible and the non-member will not be attending any other sessions, plenaries, or food and beverage events at the convention, his or her registration fees for the convention may be waived by the president-elect.*

  • 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.

*Since its founding in 1946, the CTSA meets at its annual convention where its members engage each other in dialogue by presenting their ongoing research and receiving the constructive criticism of their colleagues. Much of this research is published in the Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America. The annual convention also enables the many CTSA members who are teachers to share their best pedagogical practices.

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