May 15, 2020
As today is the deadline for NCPTW 2020 proposals, it seemed a good day to update you on all things NCPTW. Over the past few weeks, we have been in conversation with the conference hotel, and with many of you. Given the concerns about lack of funding for the fall, and the uncertainty of traveling and gathering, we have, with regret, decided to postpone the conference. Fortunately, we were able to work with the hotel to reschedule for next year, so we are planning on the 2021 NCPTW in Pittsburgh, at the Sheraton at Station Square, November 11-13th. And then, we are set for 2022 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Also, we know several people have submitted proposals, and we do not want anyone to miss out on the chance to present work, so we are planning to have an online celebration of learning this fall so that presenters who want the opportunity to share their peer-reviewed work are able to do so. We will post the presentations to the (new) NCPTW site, beginning on the original conference date: October 29th. You can share a poster, a narrated PowerPoint presentation, a video, or some other idea you come up with.
To allow as many people as want to participate in this online celebration, we will extend the deadline for proposals to July 31st. We hope that gives you some time to dive into any projects you have in mind and come up with a plan for presenting them virtually. All proposals will be peer-reviewed, and every presenter will have a chance to work with a member of the NCPTW Steering Committee to prepare their work. The link to the CFP is here; the link for the proposal page is here. For those who have already proposed, we will be in touch shortly to talk with you about your plans.
We realize that not meeting in person is a loss—one that mirrors the loss all of us are feeling this year. However, we do hope this approach will still allow us to feature and celebrate the work done by peer tutors in writing centers, and will allow us to prepare for gathering in the future. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write to any one of us listed below.
All of us on the NCPTW Executive Board thank you for your patience and for the important work you all have been doing in your writing centers and beyond during this challenging time.
Mike Mattison, president (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Randall Monty, past president (email@example.com)
Andrea Efthymiou, treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Julie Christoph, secretary (email@example.com)