Constitution of the World Communication Association

Article I: Name

The name of the organization shall be the World Communication Association.

Article II: Purpose

  1. The purposes of the World Communication Association are:
    1. To support research, teaching and practice of communication in all forms and circumstances;
    2. To maintain a special appreciation that in an increasingly interdependent world we are all increasingly dependent for peace and understanding upon reasoned communication in international and intercultural environments;
    3. To further public support and understanding of academic inquiry and training in communication for these ends in all schools, colleges, and appropriate private institutions;
    4. To sustain the principle of free, responsible, and effective communication by and among all people;
    5. To speak out in national and international forums as a united voice for all persons committed to these purposes;
    6. To speak out in national and international forums as a united voice for all persons committed to these purposes.
  2. The Association, a non-profit corporation, exists for educational, scientific, and literary purposes only. No part of the organizations net revenues, if any, may be used for private benefit of any individual or group.

Article III: Membership

Membership is open to any person interested in the purposes of the organization.


Article IV: Officers

  1. The officers of the Association shall be the President, Continental Vice Presidents [Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia /New Zealand, North America, and Latin America], Secretary-General, Chief Financial Officer, and Journal Editor.
  2. All officers are members of the Board of Directors of the Association.
  3. The President and Continental Vice Presidents shall be elected as specified in the By-laws and shall serve terms of four (4) years.
  4. The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the President and shall serve four (4) years.
  5. After consultation with the Board of Directors, the President shall appoint the Chief Financial Officer, who shall serve four (4) years, with the possibility of reappointment.
  6. The terms of the Secretary-General and Chief Financial Officer shall be staggered.
  7. The Board of Directors selects the Journal Editor, who serves for four (4) years, with the possibility of reappointment.
  8. The duties of the officers are specified in the By-laws.

Article V: Board of Directors

  1. The Board of Directors shall be composed of: (1) President; (2) Continental Vice Presidents; (3) Secretary-General; (4) Chief Financial Officer; (5) Board of Advisors; (6) two at-large positions; (7) Presidents of the affiliated organizations or their designees; and (8) journal editor.
  2. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for carrying out the work of the Association and shall exercise the authority as specified in the Articles of the Constitution and by-laws.
  3. An Executive Committee of the Board of Directors shall be composed of the President, Secretary-General, Chief Financial Officer, and Past-President who shall be delegated authority to act for the Association between biennial meetings of the Board.

Article VI: Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors shall consist of the Association’s past officers whose Board terms shall commence upon their retirement from active office.

Article VII: Continental Areas and Affiliated Organizations

  1. The Association shall establish continental regions (Asia, North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Australia/New Zealand).
    1. Each region shall be represented on the Board of Directors by a Continental Vice-President.
    2. The continental regions may be further subdivided into Regional Vice-Presidents upon application to the Board of Directors by these entities.
  2. Communication Associations and Agencies may be affiliated with the World Communication Association.
    1. The president of an affiliated association or agency or designee shall be a member of the
      Board of Directors.

Article VIII: Publications

  1. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to publish such journals and other publications as needed to fulfill the Association purposes.
  2. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to select editors for the Association publications.
  3. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for all decisions pertaining to financing the Association publications.

Article IX: Amendments

  1. Amendments may be initiated by any member of the Board of Directors or by petition of 20 members of the Association.
  2. Amendments may be adopted by two-thirds vote of the Board of directors who vote on any proposed amendment. Amendments to the Constitution by petition and declined by the Board of Directors may be appealed to members of the Association at the biennial convention business meeting.
  3. Amendments may be adopted by members of the Board of Directors provided the proposed amendment has been submitted to the members twenty-two days in advance.
  4. Amendments may be adopted by mail or e-mail vote of the Board of Directors on the basis of those ballots which are received within twenty days after the ballots have been e-mailed or mailed to the Board members by the Secretary-General. The Secretary-General shall count the ballots and announce the results to the Board.
    All ballots shall be filed for the record.
  5. Amendments shall take effect immediately following their adoption.

Revised August 30, 2015