SICET Bylaws

Article I. Mission Statement

Society of International Chinese in Educational Technology (SICET) is a nonpolitical, non-profit academic organization. The goal of this organization is to gather international Chinese scholars and experts in the field of educational technology to promote academic collaboration and support among members. The mission of the SICET is to establish and strengthen academic and international connections, exchanges, research, and scholarship among Chinese scholars in educational technology, advocate the application of educational technology in Chinese educational settings as well as to promote the international competitiveness of Chinese scholars. SICET was originally established and registered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, located in the United States of America.

Article II. Membership Eligibility and Member’s Responsibilities

Section 1. SICET membership is open to any individual or organization, who agrees to the mission statement of this society, and willing to contribute to this society.

Section 2. Members are obliged to follow the bylaws and any other regulations that may later be enacted by SICET, and punctually pay membership dues. The Executive Committee will determine the amount of membership fee.

Section 3.Members have the right to vote and the right to be voted for.

Section 4. No member of SICET shall be allowed to express opinions on behalf of SICET or participate in election representing SICET without complete authorization of the Executive Committee.

Section 5. Any motion signed by 10 or more members or any motion approved by the Executive Committee must be submitted to the members for voting, which can then be passed with a 2/3 majority.

Section 6. Members can apply for withdrawal from SICET. A member who does not pay membership dues on time or does not perform membership duties will automatically be removed from SICET.

Article III. Elections and Organization Structure

Section 1.  Organizational Structure The organizational structure of SICET includes the members, a Board of Directors, an Executive Committee and a Special Advisor. The Special Advisor is appointed by the President based on need.

Section 2. Board of Directors/Executive Committee. Any active SICET member may nominate an eligible person, including himself or herself, for a position in the Board of Directors of SICET. The term for a Board of Directors member is two years, and each member can run for two consecutive terms. The Executive Committee consists of nine members, who are elected from the Board of Directors. The term for an Executive Committee member is two years, and each committee member can run for two consecutive terms. The Executive Committee will elect the President. The newly elected President will appoint the officers, including two Vice Presidents, a Secretary, and the directors of each subcommittee. All Board of Directors members should actively participate in the Annual SICET Meeting and are responsible for peer review of SICET journals and proceedings. The President can appoint a replacement when a Board of Directors member or an Executive Committee member cannot perform his/her responsibilities till he/her term ends. The President can also appoint non-board members to serve as SICET officers when needed.

Section 3. President. The President is the primary spokesperson for the Society and is expected to interact with other societies, government officials, and the public on behalf of the Society. The President is responsible for mentoring the potential future president and nominating this individual to the Executive Committee at the conclusion of his/her term.

Section 4. Vice Presidents. Vice presidents assist the President in performing his/her responsibilities in SICET. The Vice Presidents perform all duties of the office of the President when requested by the President or when the President is unavailable or incapacitated. The Vice Presidents serve as the Conference Chair of SICET/AECT conference or EITT Conference Program Chair and take care of related responsibilities.  If any Vice Presidents cannot carry out his/her duties, the President will appoint a replacement to serve until the next election.

Section 5. Annual SICET Conferences: EITT and AECT/SICET. All SICET affiliated universities are eligible to apply to host EITT. The conference application should be submitted to the Executive Committee early each year. The Executive Committee will evaluate all applications and decide on the host university for the following year. The host university will be announced at the closing ceremony of EITT in the same year. The host university will give a presentation to showcase their advantages. The host university will pay for the administrative and support expenses to SICET.  AECT/SICET conference is organized according to AECT regulations including call for proposals, and making the conference arrangements. SICET is responsible for organizing the SICET subsection of AECT.

Section 6. SICET Office. The Office assists the President to carry out specific tasks. The Office develops a working plan at the beginning of the term, maintains monthly meetings to discuss progresses and challenges, and submits the plan/report to Executive Committee during the Executive Committee meeting. The Office shall be responsible for the (a) communications among the Executive Committee members, Board of Director members, and the general members, (b) assists the President to schedule the monthly executive committee members meetings and board members meetings, and (c) coordination of the monthly executive members and board of director meetings recordings and summaries in both English and Chinese. The Office shall also collect, maintain, and update contact information for all Executive Committee Members and Board members, collaborate with the executive board members to create the quarterly member newsletter , and manage the SICET financials and provide a transparent financial report to general members.

Section 7. Development and Management Committee (DMC). The committee aims to plan the development strategy of SICET by taking into account the society goal, member distribution, academic characteristics, and members’ expectations. That is, the development plan is carried out on the basis of integrating the resources and common consensuses of all of the members to construct the vision and distinguishing features of SICET. Moreover, via the planned member-recruiting procedure and across-region communication activities, members can be more united and the academic impacts of SICET can be extended.

Section 8. District Committee. District Committee supports and coordinates with other committees to complete the duties of the organization at the regional level and acts as a bridge between district member and the organization. Responsibilities of the District Committee includes but not limited to: collecting and updating member contact information regularly; identifying and contacting prospective members; encouraging member collaboration and interaction; recruiting manuscripts for the organization journals; and advancing the influence of the organization in each region.

Section 9. Academic Committee. Academic Committee is responsible for (a) calling for papers, reviewing, editing, and publishing two SICET journals, (b) working towards having both journals as SSCI indexed journals. The Committee also manages other scholarly activities and online forums.

Section 10. Technology Committee. Technology Committee is responsible for designing and maintaining SICET Website’s front- and back-end. The committee will recommend emerging technologies or tools to facilitate communications or social networking among members and provide required technical supports for various task forces.

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