Pre-2013 Constitution

The Constitution below was replaced with a new Constitution on July 1, 2013. That new document can be accessed here.

I. Founded in 1983, the International Writing Centers Association, an NCTE Assembly, affirmed its purpose as fostering communication among writing centers and providing a forum for concerns.

II. Membership in the International Writing Centers Association will include directors and staffs of writing centers at universities, four-and-two-year colleges, and elementary and secondary schools, as well as those persons interested in writing center theories and applications.

III. The International Writing Centers Association will elect an Executive Board from its membership. Each board member will serve a two-year term, staggered. Nominations will be taken until the November NCTE meeting. Then, a ballot will be sent out by the Executive Secretary (see below) to International Writing Centers Association members. A majority mail-in vote (by December 31) is necessary to elect an Executive Board member.

A. Members of the Executive Board will have demonstrated interest and experience in writing centers as well as in the teaching of writing. The board will normally have 14 members, [a president, past president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, ex-officio members from theWriting Center Journal andWriting Lab Newsletter, and seven at-large members] in addition to regional, community college, and either elementary or secondary school representatives to ensure that each regional writing center association is represented and that each section of writing center association membership is represented.

B. The board will elect (by a majority vote) the following officers from the membership of IWCA:

  1. A president, initially elected as vice president, who will serve as president of the association and chair of the Executive Board. The president, or designee, will also serve as NCTE representative. The president will continue to serve on the Executive Board for two years as the immediate past president and will serve as NCTE representative as needed. Term: two years.
  2. A vice-president, who will serve as program chairs for NCTE and CCCC respectively. The vice-president, or designee, will also serve as NCTE representative. The vice-president will become president at the end of the term. Term: two years.
  3. An executive secretary, who will conduct mail ballots, maintain records of the International Writing Centers Association, take minutes at Executive Board meetings, assist with mailing for the International Writing Centers Conference, and maintain connections with professional organizations. Term: Two years, renewable
  4. A treasurer, who will be in charge of the membership list and the IWCA database, will be in charge of collecting dues and keeping financial records for IWCA and for the International Writing Centers Conference and Press. The treasurer will be responsible for communicating all subscription information to the journal and newsletter editors. Two years, renewable

C. Editors of the Writing Lab Newsletter and the Writing Center Journal will be ex officio members of the board. Neither publication, however, will be the exclusive organ of the International Writing Centers Association.

D. Executive Board members will have the following responsibilities:

  1. To meet annually at the March CCCC conference and/or the November NCTE conference and/or the International Writing Centers Association Annual Conference (see below);
  2. To sponsor the IWCA conference and to approve the site of the conference. The conference will be co-sponsored by the IWCA and a regional writing centers association. The regional WCA will petition the board to host the conference not later than 8 weeks after the annual International Writing Centers Association conference. The board will approve the petition after it ensures that the location of the conference represents the international nature of the membership. The board will also grant a stipend in the amount of $5 per conference registrant to the sponsoring regional writing centers association.
  3. To appoint from the membership a conference steering committee consisting of the IWCA Officers, a conference chair from the region holding the conference, the board representative from the regional, and three other members selected from the regional organization.
  4. To make Outstanding Scholarship and Outstanding Service Awards, as well as to make decisions on Graduate Student scholarships [and to administer research grants;]
  5. To set dues annually (fiscal year to begin at CCCC business meeting);
  6. To draft position statements;
  7. To assist the work of regional affiliates;
  8. To serve as liaison between the International Writing Centers Association and related organizations;
  9. To conduct the International Writing Centers Association business meeting, and report to members at the annual conference;
  10. To review and propose revisions in the constitution as needed.

IV. Changes in this constitution shall be made by a two-thirds majority of the Executive Board and must then be ratified by a two-thirds mail-in vote of the general International Writing Centers Association membership.

V. Members of the Executive Board must be members of the International Writing Centers Association.

VI. IWCA supports the NCTE statement on non-discrimination.

Amendment to the Constitution

Article 1

Requirements to be exempt as an Organization described in section 501( c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Section 1. Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify under section 501( c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Section 2. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organizations shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in section 1 hereof and in article __1__ of this constitution.

Section 3. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

Section 4. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501( c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170( c )(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Section 5. Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501( c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

(c) 2006 International Writing Centers Association

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