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Article I. Name

The name of this division shall be Communication and Technology Division (formerly HUMAN COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY INTEREST GROUP).

 

Article II. Objectives

The objectives of the Communication and Technology Division are to: 1. Stimulate theoretical and empirical investigations of existing and emerging forms of technology-mediated communication among people and/or between people and interactive information sources. Areas of investigation include: design and forecast methodologies; implementation strategies; user needs assessment; policy implications; educational implications; on-going system evaluation; technology diffusion; and the effects of technology for businesses, homes, and society.2. Encourage the dissemination of information about the social impacts of technology to professional colleagues in the field.3. Relate research to current problems and issues in the area of communication and information technology.4. Foster and promote the teaching of technology-related issues and topics as a substantive area of study within the discipline of communication.

 

Article III. Membership

Section 1. ACTIVE MEMBERS. Any Active Member of the International Communication Association who expresses an interest in, and subscribes to, the purposes of the Division is eligible for Active Membership.

Section 2. AFFILIATE MEMBERS. Any Affiliate Member of the International Communication Association who expresses an interest in, and subscribes to, the purposes of the Division is eligible for Active Membership. Affiliate Members are not eligible to vote or hold office in the Division.

Article IV. Nominations, Elections

Section 1. OFFICERS. Division officers include a Chair, Vice-Chair, and a Secretary each elected for a two-year term. The Vice-Chair automatically becomes Chair after the second year. No officers may immediately succeed themselves in office. Newly elected officers take office at the end of each convention and serve through two more conventions.

Section 2. NOMINATIONS. Nominations for offices shall be solicited from Active Members of the Division by a committee headed by the Division's Vice Chair. The names of at least two nominees who have given their consent must appear on the ballot for each vacant office. The committee should actively seek nominees before each ICA meeting preceding an election. These nominees and others nominated at the Division Business Meeting will prepare a one-page biography and statement which the Vice-Chair will collect and submit to ICA (see Section 5).

Section 3. MEMBERSHIP REPRESENTATION. The Division Chair shall ensure that the cultural, ethnic, and language regions of the world are widely represented in the Division's committees.

Section 4. ELECTION. The election of any officer shall be by a vote of only the Active Members of the Division.

Section 5. BALLOTING. Elections shall be by vote on a ballot that is incorporated with the ballot for election of officers of the International Communication Association. Such ballots shall be processed and counted, and the results reported, according to the procedures employed for the election of officers of the International Communication Association.

Section 6. VACANCIES. Unusual vacancies shall be filled by appointment of an Active Member of the Division by the President of the International Communication Association. If the unexpired term is for a period of more than six months, the Division may initiate through its regular channels a special ballot for the election of an Active Member of the Division to fill the unexpired term.

Section 7. DUTIES. All officers shall perform those duties usually associated with the respective office, plus whatever additional duties have been confirmed by vote of the Active Members of the Division.

Article V. Committies

Section 1. TEMPORARY COMMITTEES. The Chair is empowered to establish and appoint members of ad hoc committees to assist in the conduct of the affairs of the Division.

Section 2. ICA COMMITTEES. When requested by the President of the International Communication Association, the Division Chair is empowered to recommend members of the Division to serve on designated Association committees.

Section 3. TERM OF OFFICE. The term of office of-any appointed committee member shall not exceed the term of office of the appointing officer.

Article VI. Dues

Section 1. ANNUAL DUES. The Division officers may propose to the members an annual dues charge for the classes of membership. If approved by the Board of Directors of the Association, this charge shall be adopted upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the responding Active Members of the Division, voting on a mail ballot. Nonpayment of such dues shall be a basis for termination of membership in the Division, but shall not affect the individual's status as a member of the Association.

Section 2. DISTRIBUTION OF NET ASSETS. In the event the Division is dissolved, the elected officers shall transfer the net assets of the Division to the Board of Directors of the Association, to be used for the work of the Association.

Article VII. Annual Meetings and Report

Section 1. ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING. An Annual Business Meeting of the Division shall be held at the time and place of the annual conference of the Association. Those attending the annual Division Business Meeting shall constitute a quorum of the members unless a mail ballot is required by ICA Bylaws.

Section 2. ACTIVITY REPORTS. Activity reports of officers and committees of the Division shall be received at the Annual Business Meeting, and action recommendations shall be presented for a vote.

Section 3. ANNUAL MEETING REPORT. The chair shall prepare a written report of the Annual Business Meeting for transmission to the Board of Directors of the Association, and shall make copies available to the members of the Division through a newsletter.

Section 4. CONFERENCE PROGRAM MEETINGS. The Division may plan and hold professional meetings at the time of annual conference, under the general coordination of the President-Elect of the Association.

Section 5. LOCAL/REGIONAL MEETINGS. The Division may organize and hold local or regional program meetings on its own initiative, with the approval of the Board of Directors of the Association.

Article VIII. Amendments and Restrictions

Section 1. BYLAWS. Amendments and revisions to these Bylaws shall be by procedures which parallel those described in Article X of the current Bylaws of the International Communication Association.

Section 2. CONFLICTS. These Divisional Bylaws may not conflict with the Bylaws of the Association; the latter take precedence, and power for determining conflict rests with the Board of Directors of the Association.

Article IX. Pariamentary Authority

In the absence of any provision to the contrary, in these Bylaws, all business meetings of the Division shall be governed by the parliamentary rules and usages contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order, Revised.

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