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홈> About the ELLAK > ELLAK Constitution

ELLAK Constitution


The ELLAK Constitution & Amendments


Section I : General


Article 1 (Name)

The name of this association shall be The English Language and Literature Association of Korea.


Article 2 (Purpose and Mission)

The object of the association shall be to promote study, criticism, and research in English language and literature, and the planning and execution of projects stipulated below:

1. Publication of a scholarly journal and the sponsorship of scholarly conferences and lectures
2. Publication of books on English language and literature
3. Promotion of worldwide scholarly and cultural exchange for mutual cooperation and understanding
4. Meeting the societal demands for constructive study of English and of English culture
5. All other activities and amity requisite to the fulfillment of this association's goals


Article 3 (Location)

The location of the main office of the association shall be #1607 Gwanghwamun Officia Building, 92 Saemoonan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-999 Republic of Korea.


Article 4 (Regional Association)

This association may establish regional associations if necessary.



Section II : Membership


Article 5 (Qualification of Membership)

1. Regular members of this association must specialize in English language or English literature, must currently hold a teaching position (of full-time instructorship or higher) at a college or university (or an equivalent institution of higher learning), must support the tenets of the association, and must submit an membership application, subject to confirmation by the Executive Council.

2. Associate members of this association must be graduate students majoring in English language or     English literature, must support the tenets of the association, and must submit an membership     application, subject to confirmation by the Executive Council. 

3. Special membership is reserved for individuals or corporate bodies who support the tenets of the association and have rendered substantial financial support to the association.

4. Those members who have paid lifetime dues are granted life membership.

5. The term for special membership is two years, and can be extended by the resolution of the
Executive Council. 



Article 6 (Claims and Obligation)

1. Regular members are eligible to vote in elections and also to run in elections.
2. Members are permitted to participate in all activities of the association and have access to all scholarly materials within the association's inventory.
3. Associate members are permitted to present papers at conferences sponsored by the association and are eligible to receive journals issues and other publications of the association.
4. Special members are eligible to receive journal issues and other publications of the association.
5. Members are required to pay annual dues.


Article 7 (Resignation of Membership)

Members reserve the right to withdraw their membership from the association at their own volition.


Article 8 (Revoke of Membership)

1. Members whose conduct is deemed contrary to the stated purpose and mission of this association and/or who have blemished the honor and reputation of the association may have their membership revoked.
2. Members who have demonstrated gross delinquency in the payment of their membership dues may have their membership revoked.



Section III : Officers


Article 9 (Types)

1. The association shall appoint officers (within the 30∼50 to 1 ratio) and two auditors.
2. Executive officers are appointed from within the ranks of the delegates.
3. The Executive Council consists of the president, first vice president, , secretary-general, treasurer, secretary in charge of information, and a number of secretaries in charge of public-relations, research, and editorial affairs.


Article 10 (Committee and Boards)

1. An Advisory Committee, consisting of former presidents of the association, shall be established to render advice and guidance.
2. A Selection Committee shall be established to nominate appointments. The committee shall consist of the current president andfirst vice president , 5 selected members of the Executive Council, and 2 selected members of the Advisory Committee.
3. An Editorial Board shall be established an independent editorial committee for the journal publications. Editorial committee shall be composed in accordance with the constitution of the editorial board.
4. Additional committees and/or boards may be established, subject to the decision of the Executive Council.


Article 11 (Term of Office)

1. Appointments shall be for a term of one year. However, president, first vice president, except may be reappointment. However, the editor-in chief and members of the Editorial Board shall follow the constitution of the editorial board.
2. In the event of a vacancy, the Executive Council shall appoint a replacement, the term not to exceed the remaining term of the predecessor.
3. In the event that the General Assembly cannot be convened due to special circumstances, and the delegates' term of office (expired in the interim) will automatically be extended until new delegates can be properly elected into office.


Article 12 (Selection)

1. Executive officers and auditors are appointed by the Delegate Assembly, based on recommendations by the Selection Committee.
2. The president, vice president, and non-executive vice presidents are appointed by the Executive Council, based on recommendations by the Selection Committee.


Article 13 (Responsibilities)

1. The president serves as the primary representative of this association and oversees all aspects of the association's operation.
2. The vice president assists the president and shall serve as acting president in the event that the president can no longer carry out his/her duties, as well as oversee all publications produced by the association. Non-executive vice presidents shall be responsible for the maintenance of cooperativeties among members of the association and for improving their welfare.
3. Executive officers shall attend executive meetings and vote on the association's policies, operation, and projects.
4. Executive officers shall carry out the general tasks stipulated in the association's constitutions, as well as projects commissioned by the Delegate Assembly and the Executive Council.
5. The secretary-general shall supervise the sending, receiving, and safekeeping of documents, the maintenance of contact among members, and various other general affairs of the association.
6. The treasurer shall be charged with the collection and safekeeping of membership dues and the supervision and proper bookkeeping of all budgetary matters of the association.
7. The secretary of editorial affairs shall supervise the screening of submitted papers for journal publication, as well as oversee publications geared toward enhancing understanding of the English cultural sphere.
8. The secretary of research affairs shall oversee the planning of all scholarly and cultural activities sponsored by the association, as well as other research projects of the association.
9. The secretary of public affairs shall serve as liaison between the association and the general public in the execution of the projects and operations of the association.
10. The secretary of information affairs shall be charged with maintaining the official internet homepage of the association, as well as all on-line scholarly and cultural exchange.
11. The responsibilities of the auditors are as follows:
(1) Auditing the finances of the association
(2) Auditing of management and operation of the Delegate Assembly.
(3) In the event that irregularities and improprieties are found in the process of (1) and (2), the auditors must call for rectification by the Delegate Assembly and General Assembly, and also notify the proper authorities.
(4) To facilitate (3), the auditors shall have the authority to convene the General Assembly and/or the Delegate Assembly.
(5) Forwarding opinions to the Delegate Assembly, General Assembly, and the Representative of the Association on matters pertaining to financial and operational matters of the association.



Section IV : Assemblage


Article 14 (Convocation and Composition of General Assembly)

1. The General Assembly shall be convened by the president and shall be divided into the regular session and the special session.
The Regular session is convened once a year and the special session can only be convened by the president (or acting president) at the request of the Executive Council or by request of one third of the current members.
2. The president (or acting president) shall chair the assembly.
3. The president shall inform individual current members of the purpose and agenda of the assembly at least ten days in advance, except in cases where the urgency of the matter requires otherwise.
4. The assembly shall only entertain motions stipulated on the notification of assembly; however, new motions may be brought before the assembly with the assent of two thirds of the attending members.
5. The General Assembly shall be held with only those members of the association in attendance.
6. The passing of motions require the assent of 50 percent of the attending members. The chair has the casting vote in the event of a tie.


Article 15 (Function of the General Council)

The primary function of the General Assembly is as following:

1. Matters concerning the selection of officers
2. Matters concerning the amendment of the constitution
3. Approval of budget governing revenues and expenditures
4. Approval of new project plans
5. Other matters of significance


Article 16 (Function of the Delegate Assembly)

The primary function of the Delegate Assembly is as following:

1. Matters concerning its rights granted by the Constitution
2. Tasks commissioned by the General Assembly
3. Review of budget governing revenues and expenditures
4. Review of new project plans
5. Matters submitted by the Executive Council
6. Other matters of significance


Article 17 (Function of the Executive Council)


The primary function of the Executive Council is as follows:

1. Matters concerning its rights granted by the Constitution
2. Tasks commissioned by the General Assembly and the Delegate Assembly
3. Formulation of budget governing revenues and expenditures
4. Establishment of new project plans
5. Execution of general affairs of the association
6. Other matters of significance


Article 18 (Convocation of Delegate Assembly)


1. The president (or the acting president) shall convene the Delegate Assembly and shall chair the Assembly.
2. The president shall individually inform the delegates of the purpose and agenda of the assembly at least seven days in advance, except in cases where the urgency of the matter requires otherwise.
3. The assembly shall only entertain motions stipulated on the notification of assembly; however, new motions may be brought before the assembly with the unanimous assent of all attending delegates.
4. The president has the discretion to convene the Executive Council, in which case he/she serves as its chair.


Article 19 (Quorum and Other Requirements)


1. Quorum requirements for holding the Delegate Assembly and Executive Assembly shall be set at 50 percent of the total number of delegates.
2. An assent of at least 50 percent of attending delegates is required for the passing of a resolution (unless otherwise specified by the bylaws). The chair shall have the casting vote in the event of a tie.


Article 20 ( Minutes Quorum Requirements for Resolutions)


Minutes shall be taken during all meetings, recording the text and the proponent of all motions and amendments. An official copy shall be kept on file at the headquarters of the association for archival purposes, having been approved and properly signed by the chair of the assembly and all attending executive officers.



Section V : Assets and Accounting


Article 21 (Finance)


Funds shall be procured by means of the following:

1. the association's basic funds
2. membership dues and admission fees
3. donations and endowments
4. research funding from outside institutions
5. financial returns from various projects


Article 22 (Primary Asset)


1. The procurement and disposal of assets require the assent of two thirds of the total delegates. The president of the association shall be the legal representative of the association in the procurement, management, and disposal of assets.
2. All residual funds, not carried over to the ensuing fiscal year, must be deposited as part of the association's permanent funds.


Article 23 (Budget on Revenues and Expenditures)


1. Budget on revenue and expenditures must be established by the Executive Council prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, subject to resolution by the Delegate Assembly and ratification by the General Assembly.
2, The fiscal year of the association shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31.
3. The report on the revenues and expenditures of the association for a given fiscal year must be drawn up within two months of the end of that fiscal year.
4. A paid executive secretary shall be employed for the facilitation of the association's operation.


Section VI : Dissolution


Article 24 (Dissolution)


The dissolution of the association requires a quorum of 50 percent of total current membership, with two thirds assent of those in attendance.


Article 25 (Reversion of Assets)


In the event of dissolution of the association, all remaining assets shall be denoted either to the public sector or to a professional association of comparable disposition.


Section VII : Supplementary Rules


Article 26 (Amendments)

Amendments require a proposal by at least two thirds of the delegates or one third of the total current membership and is subject to a resolution by the General Assembly. However, in the case of constitutional amendment, proxies shall be included in the quorum


Article 27 (Bylaws)

Bylaws to facilitate the implementation of the hitherto stipulated constitution shall be determined by the Delegate Assembly.


Supplementary 1 (Date of Effect) These amendments shall go into effect on the date of passage by the General Assembly.


Supplementary 2 (Follow-up Measure) Officers current to the implementation of these amendments are subject to the rights granted by these amendments and shall serve out the remainder of their respective terms.


Supplementary 3 Matters not specifically covered in the constitution shall adhere to precedents and conventions.