Session Chair, Moderator, and Discussant Responsibilities

CSA Guide for Chairs, Moderators and Session Organizers

Chairs

  • Applicable to Regular and Roundtable sessions only
  • If not the session organizer, the chair should review the presentations and author information in advance of the Conference
  • The chair should ensure that the discussant (if applicable) has been able to review all presentations and will limit comments to a total of 10 – 15 minutes within the session
  • The chair opens the session, introduces each presenter, and moderates audience participation
    • Audience participation should take place at the end of the session
  • The chair must ensure that equal time is allotted to presenters
    • 10-15 minutes per presentation depending on the number of presentations in the session and length of the session
  • As a Canadian Sociological Association Conference participant, the chair must comply with the association membership requirement and congress delegate policies

Moderators

  • Applicable to panel and keynote lecture sessions
  • Panel moderators have the responsibilities of a chair in terms of introductions and time keeping as well as maintaining order in the discussion between panelists and the audience
    • Lead the panel discussion and pose questions to the panelists
  • As a Canadian Sociological Association Conference participant, the moderator must comply with the association membership requirement and congress delegate policies

Discussant

  • The discussant must communicate with the session organizer or chair to obtain copies of the presentations in advance of the Conference
  • The total time allotted to the discussant is limited to 10-15 minutes
  • As a Canadian Sociological Association Conference participant, the discussant must comply with the association membership requirement and congress delegate policies

 

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