Article I. NAME
The name of the association is North American Chinese Sociologists Association, herein abbreviated as NACSA and referred to as the association. NACSA is a North America-based global networked organization of sociologists of Chinese and non-Chinese ethnic background. These sociologists not only are based in the United States and Canada but spread across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and elsewhere.
Article II. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
NACSA is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable and public purposes. The association does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to the members thereof and is organized and operated exclusively for nonprofit purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) (3). No substantial part of the activities of the association shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation.
Article III. PURPOSES
The primary purpose of the association is to promote social scientific research on Chinese societies, cultures, and populations in the world, in order to increase the existing knowledge base about these societies and populations. The results of the research shall be presented at the scientific meetings of NACSA and other scientific meetings, and published in scientific journals and books, which are generally available to the interested public on a nondiscriminatory basis. The association functions to promote scholarly exchanges and to facilitate a continuing dialogue among sociologists of Chinese and non-Chinese descent in North America, Pacific Asia, and elsewhere in the global community. To achieve this goal, the association publishes a newsletter periodically, organizes conferences, and carry out cooperative activities, including professional exchanges, joint research, information networks, and scholarly visits.
Article IV. OFFICERS AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The officers of the association shall be a President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The President shall be elected from the Board of Directors for a term of two years. The Secretary and Treasurer are appointed from the Board by the President, each for a term of two years.
The President shall be the principal executive officer of the association and shall preside at all meetings of members or of officers. The President shall appoint Secretary, Treasurer, chairperson and members of all ad hoc committees established by the Board, and will designate a NACSA Representative in the State of California who will be responsible for receiving all NACSA correspondence and distributing correspondence to appropriate officers. The President shall determine, with the advice and agreement of the Board of Directors, the time and place of the Board of Director meetings.
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of members and of the Board of Directors, edit and distribute the periodic newsletter, and in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors. The treasurer shall be responsible for the association’s records of accounts and the custody and disbursement of funds and present financial reports as requested by the Board.
The Board of Directors is the association’s policy-making body. The board shall consist of an odd number between three (3) and seven (7) members to be elected by NACSA regular members to serve for two years. In the event of vacancy, or of the ability of board members to serve his/her term, the Board may by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining directors, elect a successor for the unexpired terms of his /her predecessor in office.
The Board of Director shall have and exercise general management and control of NACSA affairs. The Board shall have the power to: a) appoint officers of NACSA as specified in these bylaws; b) plan conferences and activities; c) approve annual budgets; d) obtain periodic audits of NACSA finances; e) enter into contract or execute and deliver any instruments in the name and on behalf of NACSA; and f) determine and revise membership dues. A regular meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held once a year at a time and place, ideally right before and during the ASA annual meetings. Notice of Board meetings shall be given to each board member in writing.
The Board shall appoint a nominating/election committee consisting of three board members, with a chairperson. This committee shall prepare a list of nominees for election to the Board. Any NACSA member shall be eligible for candidacy of directorship. The names and biographical sketches of those candidates nominated by the nominating/election committee and a ballot shall be printed in the newsletter distributed to all members. Election shall be by plurality vote.
Article V. MEMBERSHIP
Persons who subscribe to the stated purposes of NACSA, who agree to abide by the bylaws of the association, and who has graduate training in sociology or any of the social sciences or the social aspects of law, health, and medicine, qualify for NACSA membership. Membership shall be divided into three categories: Regular, Associate, and Student. Regular members shall be eligible to vote, hold office, and serve on the Board of Directors. Regular remembers shall pay annual dues of $15. Associate members are persons who work as sociologists or social scientists outside of North America and may choose to pay a lower fee of $10. Associate members shall have voting rights but are not eligible to hold office and serve on the Board of Directors. Student members are full-time graduate students in sociology or the social sciences and pay the student membership dues of $5. Student members are not eligible to vote, hold office, and serve on the Board of Directors.
Membership dues shall be paid annually to the association on January 1 of each year. Instead of annual payment of membership dues, a single payment for life (Life Membership) of $300 may be accepted. Once paid, the Life members shall not have to pay annual membership dues and shall have the same voting rights as Regular members. Benefits for dues-paying members include receiving two issues of NACSA’s newsletter a year, being entitled a discount registration fee and free lunch for future NACSA conferences, rights to vote for NACSA officers and Board members, and receiving a periodically updated NACSA membership directory.
Article VI. MEETINGS OF MEMBERS AND CONFERENCE
Meetings of members shall be held once a year at a time and place designated by the Board of Directors for the purpose of discussing and transacting the association-related businesses that may come before the meeting. It has already become customary and convenient for member meetings to be held during the American Sociological Association annual meetings. The President or the Secretary shall record the meeting minutes and distribute them later in the newsletter.
NACSA sponsors and organizes an academic conference once a year or every other year as determined by the Board of Directors. The purpose of these conferences is to create a focused forum for a relatively small number of presented and discussed papers on a chosen theme. Two NACSA members, either on or not on the Board, are recommended and agreed by the Board of Directors to be the conference coorganizers. The conference co-organizers will choose a central theme and draft a Call for Papers, which will be announced in the association newsletter to enlist active submissions from NACSA members. If necessary, the conference co-organizers will actively seek external funding for the conference, with the support and facilitation of the Board. Dues-paying members whose papers are accepted for presentation or who serve as presiders and discussants at the conference are entitled to discounted registration fees and free lunch. The four NACSA conferences held thus far are summarized elsewhere at this Website.
*These bylaws are simplified and modified from the original NACSA bylaws drafted in 1993.
This page was updated May 10, 2016