CPTSC 2020 Special Event, October 1-2, 2020

CPTSC 2020 Special Event: Managing Technical, Scientific, and Professional Communication Programs in a Time of Crisis

October 1-2, 2020

In lieu of our annual face-to-face conference, join CPTSC for a special online event focused on managing technical, scientific, and professional communication programs in a time of crisis.  All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.

Thursday, October 1

CPTSC committees will host meetings and special events from 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). If you are interested in joining a committee, you are welcome to attend. Thursday meetings include:

12:00 noon:     Administrators’ Committee

1:00 p.m.:        Mentoring Session for International Students of Color in Technical Communication (hosted by the Diversity Committee)

3:00 p.m.:        International Committee Meeting

6:00 p.m.:        Graduate Student Committee Meeting

Friday, October 2

CPTSC will hold events from 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Events will include a plenary session with five invited speakers, an annual business meeting, administrator’s roundtable, editor’s roundtable, and an awards reception. Friday’s schedule (EDT):

12:00 noon:     CPTSC Annual Business Meeting

1:00 p.m.:        Plenary Session: Administering Programs in Times of Crisis

2:00 p.m.:        Administrators’ Roundtable

3:00 p.m.:        Editors’ Roundtable

4:00 p.m.:        Awards and CPTSC Reception

Plenary Session

The plenary session will focus on the various aspects of the crises we face today. The panel will examine the current budget crisis and how universities are targeting programs, despite program success and the high demand for technical writers, to make up budget short falls. They will discuss what we can learn from the 2008 recession, identify the warning signs, and strategize about how we can make our programs more resilient. The panel will also look at systemic racism within universities and colleges and make recommendations on how programs can increase inclusion and promote anti-racism. In addition, times of crisis require us to be more conscious of well-being and how we as professionals need to strike a work/life balance.

Plenary Chair and Host
Dr. Brian Blackburne, Sam Houston State University and Director, Technical Communication


Dr. Kaye Adkins, Professor of Technical Communication, Missouri Western State University

Dr. Chris Dayley, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Master of Arts in Technical Communication, Texas State University

Dr. Ed Nagelhout, Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Assistant Chair, and Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Aimee Roundtree, Professor in Technical Communication Program and Associate Dean of Research and Promotion in the College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University

Dr. Denise Tillery, Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing and Associate Dean for College of Liberal Arts, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


The event is free for all current members of CPTSC; there are no additional registration fees. Our registration page includes more information. You can pay your 2020 membership dues ($40) online at https://cptsc.org/product/individual-membership/. All members who have paid their 2020 membership fees will be sent information for joining the Zoom sessions.

Covid-19 Waiver

While CPTSC thrives because of your support, we recognize that these are difficult financial times for many of us, especially graduate students, non-tenured faculty, and faculty whose professional development funds have been cut due to budgets. If you would like to attend but are currently unable to afford the membership fee, please contact Joanna Schreiber, CPTSC Treasurer, jschreiber@georgiasouthern.edu.

More Information

For more information about the event, see the 2020 CPTSC Special Event web page or contact Teena Carnegie, CPTSC VP, tcarnegie@ewu.edu.