Revised August 2008
Article 1: Name and purpose
The name of the organization shall be the Cultural and Critical Studies Division (originally founded as the Qualitative Studies Division) of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The purpose of the organization is to encourage humanistic, interdisciplinary research into communication. Perspectives that may find a home within the division include literary, cultural and critical analysis, as well as research that may include an intermixing of methods that could draw from creative, historical, and/or philosophical approaches. The division undertakes the following objectives:
Article 2: Membership
Membership shall be by individuals and organizations, both concerned principally with college-level teaching and/or research in those areas listed in Article 1.
Membership categories and classifications are defined in bylaws.
Article 3: Officers
The officers of the division shall be as follows: Head, vice-head, and secretary. Duties of each are assigned by the bylaws. The executive committee comprises the officers, the research/program chair, the faculty/graduate student liaison, the graduate student liaison, the teaching standards chair, the professional freedom and responsibility chair, the newsletter collective, and the web publisher. The head shall serve as the chair of the executive committee, which has the power to fill vacancies from C&CS membership. The outgoing head of the division shall serve as an ex-officio member of the executive committee for one year after her or his term.
Article 4: Dues
The officers shall have the right to appraise the need for operating funds, from time to time, and make recommendations about raising or lowering dues. This recommendation will apply after ratification of their proposal by a simple majority of the membership voting at any annual meeting.
Article 5: Meetings
Meetings shall be held as proscribed by the bylaws.
Article 6: Amendments
This constitution and its bylaws may be amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members participating in any meeting. The head shall prepare and distribute the text of the proposed amendment(s) at least two weeks before the meeting at which the proposal is presented for consideration. Prior to formal voting on such issues, the floor will be opened to discussion to allow for inclusion of all possible viewpoints.
Article 7: Promulgation
This constitution and its bylaws shall become effective upon adoption by a two-thirds affirmative vote of those members present and voting at the annual meeting.
Article 8: Dissolution
The organization may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the membership present and voting at any annual meeting, if a proposal for dissolution has been circulated at least two weeks before the meeting at which the proposal is presented for consideration.
Article 1: Membership
Regular members are those who are faculty or staff members of institutions engaged in journalism and mass communication research at the college undergraduate or graduate level. Funds of the division shall be deposited with the AEJMC treasurer (article 2, section 7, of AEJMC bylaws). A regular member is one whose dues are paid in advance of the annual meeting. Only regular members are entitled to voting rights. Membership in the division does not carry with it membership in AEJMC (article 2, section 3, AEJMC bylaws).
Article 2: Meetings
The annual meeting of the division shall be held concurrently with that of AEJMC. Special meetings of the division may be called and held with any plan or activity designed to carry out the stated functions of the division, upon concurrence of a quorum of the executive committee. For purposes of conducting business of the division, the head may present propositions to the executive committee and poll its members by mail, phone, or email. Such balloting shall constitute performance of the advisory function of the executive committee between annual meetings. Twenty members of the division shall constitute a quorum for business at an annual meeting.
Should the division fall short of a quorum at an annual meeting, the division head will be authorized to offer an electronic vote, by email, of the full membership after an issue(s) deemed of importance at the annual meeting is approved by two thirds of those present at the annual meeting. If an agenda item falls short of the two-thirds vote in the absence of a quorum, the issue will be tabled until the next annual meeting. Should the electronic option be utilized, the full results of the electronic balloting shall be made public at the next annual meeting in a report prepared by the secretary. Elections may not be conducted via electronic communication (see article 3 of bylaws, below).
Article 3: Nominations and elections
The current vice-head, who is incoming head of the division, shall—with consultation of a two-member nominating committee—present a list of nominees to the head prior to the annual meeting. The nominating committee shall be elected at the previous annual meeting. The committee will invite nominations from the membership, present these nominations to the head prior to the annual meeting, then to the membership at the annual meeting and ask for further nominations. When nominations are closed, the secretary will conduct the election by secret ballot and inform the membership of the results at the meeting. Elections shall be held at the annual meeting, with only members of the division eligible to vote. A candidate for office shall be deemed elected if he or she received more votes than those cast for any other contender for the office.
Upon successful completion of an elected term of office as vice-head, the holder of that office shall automatically progress to the office of head, possessing all the rights and responsibilities of that office.
Article 4: Terms and duties of officers
The head, vice-head, and secretary shall serve for one year from the day of the election at the annual meeting until the election at the next annual meeting. They shall be responsible for planning a program that carries out the purposes of the division. Members of the executive committee, as listed in the constitution and below, also serve one-year terms.
The head of the division shall be the executive officer of the division, supervising business of the division, fixing the time and place of its annual meeting, leading the annual meeting, and performing other duties in tandem with the officers and executive committee. She or he is a member of the advisory board of AEJMC (article 3, section 3 of AEJMC constitution).
The vice-head of the division shall serve also as program chair, coordinating the C&CS division’s panels and sessions for the annual meeting and working with the officers and executive committee on other duties. The vice-head shall preside at meetings in the absence of the head and assume the duties of the head, in the event that the head is not able to complete the term of office. If the vice-head is not able to complete the term of office, then the secretary will assume these duties until the next annual meeting.
The secretary shall take and keep the minutes of the division annual meeting, all executive committee meetings and any other division records, as well as performing other duties deemed necessary by the officers. If the division agrees to participate in an AEJMC-sponsored conference other than the annual convention, the secretary shall serve as coordinator of the division’s programming for that conference.
The division’s executive committee shall consist of the division’s head, vice-head, secretary, the research/program chair, the faculty/graduate student liaison, the graduate student liaison, the teaching standards chair, the professional freedom and responsibility chair, the newsletter collective, and the web publisher. Members of the executive committee shall be appointed by the division head at each annual meeting and shall serve for one year. Except for the three officers (head, vice head, and secretary), if a member of the executive committee resigns or is unable to fulfill the functions assigned by the officers, then the executive committee may appoint a division member to fill the vacancy.
For the purposes of conducting business between annual meetings, the head may present propositions to the executive committee and poll its members by phone, mail, or email.
Other special or ad hoc committees may be appointed by the division head when deemed necessary, after consultation with the executive committee.
The treasurer of AEJMC shall be treasurer of the division (article 5, section 6, AEJMC bylaws).