Call for Position Papers

1997 Meeting of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication

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The Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) will hold its 24th annual meeting October 16-18, 1997, in Austin, Texas. The meeting will be hosted by the Texas Partners of the CPTSC: Austin Community College, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston/Downtown, University of North Texas, and Dell Computer Corporation.

Position papers are invited on the conference theme, "Connections in Technical and Scientific Communication." Subtopics include, but are not limited to, the connections existing between programs in technical and scientific communication and the following:

Papers should discuss how connections in these areas complement, complicate, or even challenge programmatic perspectives and issues in technical and scientific communication. Sample position papers are available at

Please note that position papers should focus on programmatic issues as opposed to reports of specialized research or discussions of particular teaching strategies.

The CPTSC conference emphasizes discussion rather than presentation. Participants present five-minute papers in order to generate discussion. The audience includes people from new as well as established programs, and anyone with programmatic interests in technical and scientific communication. The CPTSC welcomes participants from secondary, community college, or university levels, as well as representatives of industry.

The Proceedings include the position papers, often in expanded versions. Only those papers presented at the meeting are eligible for publication in the Proceedings.

Send a one-page position paper on the conference theme, postmarked no later than June 2, 1997, to:

Stuart A. Selber
1997 CPTSC Program Chair
Technical Communication and Rhetoric Program
Department of English
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091
806-742-2507 (phone)
806-742-0989 (fax)

Email submissions preferred.