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FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP DIVISION (FSD) of the INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION (ICA)

 

BYLAWS

 

MISSION STATEMENT

As defined in the division bylaws, the Feminist Scholarship Division of ICA was established to transform present social relations into more egalitarian and just ones through: Promoting communication-related research that builds upon the literature of feminist scholarship to advance current debates on issues such as the social, political, and economic construction of gender; the relationship between gender and race, ethnicity, class and sexual identity; and the relations of power between women and men; Providing forums for the presentation and discussion of such research; Facilitating networking among scholars with relevant research interests; Fostering the broad dissemination of findings outside of (as well as within) the group;     Encouraging the development of appropriate new methods, including those that seek to empower women.

 

BY-LAW ARTICLE I. NAME The name of the division shall be the Feminist Scholarship Division, previously the Feminist Scholarship Interest Group.  

 

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE The Feminist Scholarship Division works to transform present social relations into more egalitarian and just ones through:  promoting  communication-related research that builds upon the literature of  feminist scholarship to advance current debates on issues such as the  social, political, and economic construction of gender; the relationship  between gender and race, ethnicity, class and sexual identity; and the  relations of power between women and men;providing forums for the presentation and discussion of such research;facilitating networking among scholars with relevant research interests;fostering the broad dissemination of findings outside of (as well as within) the group; and encouraging the development of appropriate new methods, including those that seek to empower women.

 

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP Any active member of ICA is eligible for membership in the Feminist Scholarship Division.  

 

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS, NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS 

Section 1 - Officers and Duties

The division will have four elected officers, consisting of a Chair, Vice  Chair, Student and Early Career Representative (SECR) , and Secretary-Historian; the Immediate Past Chair shall serve ex-officio as treaurer.

 

 

The Chair will preside at the annual meeting of the division and will represent the division on the ICA Board of Directors.

The Vice Chair will coordinate the submission and review of papers and  other presentations at the ICA annual conference, and will automatically become the Chair when the preceding chair retires.

 

The Secretary-Historian will be responsible for keeping notes of the annual  business meeting, for keeping division records, and for carrying out the announcement of candidates and elections process.

 

The Immediate Past Chair coordinates the nominations of feminist scholars for ICA’s Annual Awards, and serves as an advisor to the members of the Executive Committee.

 

The Student and Early Career Representative represents interests of students and recent graduates and will advise the other board members on student and early career concerns.  The Student and Early Career Representative will work with the other officers to develop initiatives that support the needs of the future generation of scholars; stimulate communication and exchange between these and senior scholars, and among graduate student and early career members; cooperate with the SECRs of other ICA Divisions; and generally assist the Division officers when requested.

 

Section 2 - Executive Committee

The  officers of the division shall comprise an Executive Committee, which is  chaired by the Chair of the division. The chair is responsible for  calling meetings (or telephone conferences) of the Executive Committee  as required during the year, presiding over such meetings, and  maintaining contact among Executive Committee members during the year.  The Executive Committee identifies issues of interest to the division,  and puts these before the Members for discussion and advice through  electronic mail, regular mail, or at the Annual FSD Business Meeting

 

Section 3 - Other Positions

The  Chair may appoint persons to fill other posts. These will include (but need not be limited to) a Newsletter Editor, who publishes regular  issues of the division newsletter; a Membership Coordinator, who is responsible for recruitment of new division members and for maintaining  active members; and two Nominations Coordinators, who will solicit  candidates for elected and appointed positions from among interested  members of the division. Openings for these positions will be announced  in the division newsletter and/or special mailings at the same time that  officer and other positions are announced.

 

Section 4 - Terms of Office

The  Vice Chair, Student and Early Career Representative and Secretary-Historian shall be elected in alternate years, each for a term of two years (in comportment with ICA Bylaws). Officers may not serve two consecutive terms in office. Terms begin on the last day of ICA’s annual conference.

 

Section 5 - Removal from Office

Any  elected officer of the division may be removed from office by the  following procedure: At least one-third of the active members of the  division must sign a petition to the Executive Director of ICA  requesting a special election and including nominations for the office  in question. The Executive Director will arrange an extraordinary  election within 60 days at the division’s expense, with the challenged  officer(s) included on the ballot. The result of the election becomes effective immediately.

 

Section 6 - Elections

The  division strives to develop leadership skills and opportunities for feminist scholars through an open nominations and election process and through a membership that supports and encourages those whom it elects. The Nominations Coordinators will solicit as many candidates from among the active division membership as are interested and available by February 1. The newsletter and/or special mailings to the full division membership will be the primary vehicles for announcing openings. A  ballot containing candidate names, together with accompanying printed philosophical statements (of 100-200 words) by candidates regarding  their relationship to feminist scholarship, must be mailed to division members by April 1. The election shall be conducted by the ICA Executive  Director, and results of elections shall be announced to the Membership through electronic mail and the FSD Newsletter Con/text.  

 

ARTICLE V. DECISION MAKING

Section 1 - Egalitarian Decision Making

Whenever practical and possible, all substantive decisions related to division affairs will be discussed and voted upon at the annual meeting in order  to promote consensus building among division members. (See voting procedures below.)

 

Officers of the division forming the Executive  Committee will make routine administrative decisions on behalf of members throughout the year.

 

Section 2 - Annual Meeting Agenda

The  division business meeting agenda at the annual ICA conference will be  composed by the Chair and will include a summary of division business for the year, a fiscal report, and any other items for discussion or action suggested by other division officers, appointed leaders and  members. The agenda will be printed and given to members attending the  business meeting. Agenda items requiring action must be so identified  and shall be discussed and voted upon by active division members.

 

Section 3 - Voting

Voting  at the annual meeting will occur by voice vote for items on which there  is no serious division among members. A written ballot will be used for agenda items on which there is disagreement that can best be resolved  by a secret vote. Only active division members (i.e., those whose ICA  and division dues are current) may vote. On items requiring a ballot,  the Secretary-Historian (and a second person s/he asks to assist) will count ballots and announce results. A simple majority (one half plus  one) of the persons present shall decide results. Ballots shall be kept  one year for record. In the event of a tie, a second round of voting may  be held.

 

Section 4 - Meeting Protocol

Roberts Rules of Order (Revised) will provide a guide for conducting meetings, as required by the official ICA Bylaws (9/89). 

 

ARTICLE VI - CHANGES TO BYLAWS

Amendments  to the Bylaws may be suggested by any Member or Officer of the division, or by a special purpose ad hoc committee appointed by the  Chair. Amendments arising from the Membership should be accompanied by a rationale and should be submitted to the Chair. The Chair will ask for  review and advice from members of the Executive Committee. Suggested  Amendments must next be circulated to the full FSD Membership through electronic mail (or through regular mail) at least 30 days before the  ICA office issues an official ballot through regular mail. When  possible, suggested Amendments should be issued in advance of and  discussed at the Annual FSD Business Meeting. An affirmative vote of the  majority of the ballots returned shall be required for acceptance of  the Amendment(s). The Amendment(s) will take effect immediately  following the counting of the ballots and announcement to the Membership  via electronic mail and on the FSD website.

 

 

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