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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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

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