FAQs

What is CPTSC?
The CPTSC Conference is the annual conference for the Council on Programs of Technical and Scientific Communication. The primary aim of the CPTSC is to promote knowledge related to curricula and pedagogy related to technical, professional, and scientific academic programs.

What submissions are accepted?
We accept submissions for workshops (which take place on Thursday) as well as panels and individuals (which take place on Friday). Check out the CFP for specific details on submissions.

What is the general layout of the conference?
The conference begins Thursday October 28 at noon at the Denton Courthouse on the Square with four workshops. These workshops are included in your registration fee. After the workshops, we will have the Administrators’ Roundtable in the Courtroom with our awards ceremony to follow. In the early evening, we will have heavy appetizers at our reception at the Chestnut Tree Bistro across the street from the Courthouse.

On Friday October 29, we will have our panels and presentations at UNT’s Student Union. 

On Saturday October 30, we will have our annual meetings at UNT’s Student Union.  After our meetings, we will have our annual CPTSC excursion (additional cost).

What are the length of presentations?
At CPTSC, we approach conferences a little differently. Presenters are limited to talks from 5-7 minutes to encourage in-depth discussions with participants around topics of interest to administrators and faculty who work in technical, professional, or scientific writing and communication programs.

What technology is available?
Workshops will have access to traditional projected technology. Panels and presentations will not have access to traditional projected technology, but slides can be loaded to a repository that attendees can access on their own personal devices.

What does my registration include?
Your registration includes access to all CPTSC workshops, presentations, panels, and reception. Your registration also includes coffee and water every day and an afternoon snack on Friday. Excursions are an additional expense.

Do I need to be a program administrator to attend the Administrators’ Roundtable?
No! The Administrators’ Roundtable is open to all attendees to learn more about issues, ideas, and concerns that program administrators are facing.

What should I wear?
CPTSC is a relatively casual conference. Most people tend to wear clothes that they teach in, which generally falls into business casual. You’ll also see plenty of “Texas casual,” which is jeans and polos/blouses. The air conditioner is still apt to be blowing, so make sure that you bring something to keep you warm during the sessions that you can easily remove once you head back outside.

What’s the weather like in October?
October is one of the more pleasant months in North Texas. Expect highs to be in the mid-80s and the lows to be in the mid-60s. But keep an eye on your favorite weather app, because Texas weather can change in a hurry.

I have a question or need help. Who do I contact?
If you have questions related to the program (e.g., topics, submission, reviewing, etc.), please contact the co-program chairs, Vincent Robles and Ryan Boettger. If you have a questions related to the conference or local arrangements, please contact the general conference chair, Erin Friess.