As concerns over COVID-19 continue to abound, nothing about our jobs and conference work is as it has been in the past. Indeed, the landscape of academia is in a constant state of flux as we watch travel funds be suspended and we’re all working to make the best decisions for ourselves, our families, and our students.
In this light, the planning committee for TYCA 2021 is devoted to finding the best, most flexible approach for our conference in the spring. We are now conceiving of the conference as hybrid (if it moves ahead onsite in Spokane) or completely virtual (in the case that CCCC 2021 is moved to a completely virtual format). With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that we will be reopening the submission system on 1 October 2020 to accept additional proposals for this reconceived conference program.
The new deadline for proposals is 1 November 2020. You can access the submission page here: 2021 TYCA Conference.
It is our hope that in addition to this new online facet of our program for TYCA 2021, we will still be able to offer our on-site conference in Spokane next March as scheduled. Our ability to do this hinges on whether or not CCCC 2021 is able to host their on-site conference. In the event that CCCC 2021 is a completely virtual experience, we plan to do the same for TYCA 2021, and the conference planning team for TYCA 2021 will work with presenters to identify the best way to offer their session through a virtual format. While we don’t yet know exactly what the virtual presentation options might look like, we will provide more information as the picture becomes clearer.
The review process for all TYCA 2021 submissions will begin in early November, with the goal of having Stage 2 reviews complete by the first week of December. Individuals who submitted a proposal for the early deadline will receive a survey about their preferences for a virtual conference option if they have an accepted proposal.
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Stephanie Maenhardt, TYCA 2021 Program Chair