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CITASA BYLAWS

NAME and MISSION: The mission of the "Communication and Information Technologies" section of the American Sociological Association is to support research, teaching and other professional activities related to:

* The social aspects of computing, the Internet, new media, computer networks, and other communication and information technologies. This includes online communities, knowledge management, the digital divide, labor markets, workplaces, and how the Internet fits into everyday life.

* The design and use of technology. This includes developing and analyzing new kinds of software, and thinking about the implementation of technologies for teaching, research, and the real world.

SECTION OFFICERS and COUNCIL: The Section officers shall be a Chairperson, a Chairperson Elect, a Secretary-Treasurer and a Newsletter Editor, who is appointed by Council. Council consists of these four officers, the Past-Chairperson, and four members elected at large. Chairpersons of all standing committees serve as ex-officio members of Council.

The terms of all elected officers and Council members shall be for two years each with the exception of the Chairperson-Elect and Chairperson who will serve for one year each. In the first election (1989) both a Chairperson and Chairperson-Elect will be elected; thereafter, only a Chairperson-Elect will be elected because the Chairperson-Elect will automatically become Chairperson after one year. Also in the first election the two Council candidates with the lowest number of votes will serve for one year each; thereafter two Council members will be elected annually.

In the event of a vacancy in an office, a Council membership, or a committee membership, the Chairperson shall make an interim appointment to serve until a replacement is elected in the next annual election.

The Council is vested in principle with the power to carry out all necessary operations for the Section. Any action of the Section, including changes of the By-laws, may be brought to the vote of the Section by the Council, by a petition of l0 percent of the members of the Section or by twenty-five members of the Section, whichever is less. The Chairperson will serve as chair of the Council.

COMMITTEES: Standing committees shall be established for four areas: publications, nominations, program, and membership. Other committees may be appointed by the Chairperson with the approval of the Council on an ad hoc basis.

Each committee will have four members, one of whom is appointed as Chair by the Council. The terms of all members of standing committees shall be for two years each. However, in the first election (l989) the two committee member candidates with the lowest number of votes will serve for one year each. There after two committee members for each committee will be elected annually.

Nominations Committee. The Nominating Committee each year shall nominate and coordinate the election of Section officers, Council members, and elected committee members. At least two candidates will be presented for each vacancy. Members of the nominating committee shall not nominate themselves.

Publications Committee. The Publications Committee shall coordinate and assist in the preparation of a regular Section newsletter. The Committee shall recommend to the Chairperson the appointment of a Newsletter Editor.

Program Committee. The Program Committee shall be charged with organizing the section program for the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and other sessions, e.g., panels workshops development seminars, as needed.

Membership Committee. The purpose of the Membership Committee is to seek and encourage new Section membership and to advise the Chairperson on ways to meet the needs and expectations of the current membership.

ELECTIONS AND VOTING: The elections of the Section shall be carried out in accordance with the American Sociological Association (ASA) guidelines and coordinated with the schedule of the ASA. Newly elected officers shall assume office immediately after the adjournment of the Business Meeting of the Section at the Annual Meeting of the ASA. When there are more than two candidates for a position, the candidates(s) with the largest number of votes shall be elected. Otherwise, a simple majority of the members voting will determine the outcome of all elections of officers, Council members, committee members, referenda, and bylaw revisions.

MEMBERSHIP: Membership in the Section is open to all members of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Section officers, Council members, and committee members shall be drawn from members of the Section who are ASA members with voting privileges.

DUES: Dues shall be set by Section Council to cover the operation of the Section in accord with the requirements of the American Sociological Association (ASA)(. In addition, with the approval of Section Council, members of the Section shall be assessed as necessary to carry out any program or activities undertaken by the Section, to the limits established by ASA.


HISTORY OF THE CITASA BYLAWS

November 2002:
By vote of the section membership and approved by the ASA Council and Committee on Sections the name of the section is changed from Sociology and Computers to Communication and Information Technologies. The mission of the section is changed to read:

To support research, teaching and other professional activities related to:

* The social aspects of computing, the Internet, new media, computer networks, and other communication and information technologies. This includes online communities, knowledge management, the digital divide, labor markets, workplaces, and how the Internet fits into everyday life.

* The design and use of technology. This includes developing and analyzing new kinds of software, and thinking about the implementation of technologies for teaching, research, and the real world.

1995:
Name changed from Microcomputing to "Sociology and Computers".

January 1989:
Original section mission:
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Section on Communication and Information Technologies is to promote the development of microcomputing within sociology through the organized interchange of ideas, programs, data, teaching materials, experiences, research results, and other resources. The term microcomputing is interpreted in a broad sense encompassing electronic networks using computers of any size.

This purpose will be achieved by publishing a quarterly newsletter, organizing sessions at the annual meetings, preparing a directory of members, and developing seminars and other activities as needed. The section will facilitate scholarship and research within the domain of microcomputing including, for example, studies of user strategies, comparative reviews of software and design issues. Innovative projects to fulfill this mission will be encouraged.


    COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
                          a Section of the American Sociological Association