Arab-US Association for Communication Educators
The AUSACE Charter, adopted in Arabic and English on May 4, 1995, established the association, under the governance of an Arab-U.S. board of Directors, as an international, non-governmental, professional, voluntary, nonprofit and non-political organization respectful of international law in conjunction with national laws and sovereignties of the countries involved. The Board of Directors consists of at least one representative form every Arab nation.
ARAB-U.S. ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNICATION EDUCATORS
Adopted On the 4th of May 1995 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Reused On the 15th of November, 2000, in Amman, Jordan
Article 1. Establishment; name of the association; objectives; characteristics
The Association shall be named the Arab-US. Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE).
The Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators is an international, non-governmental, professional, voluntary, non-profit and non-political organization respectful of international law in conjunction with national laws and sovereignties of the countries involved.
The Association encourages the following goals:
Article 2. Language of the Charter
Arabic is the language of the Charter of the Association.
The Association relies Primarily upon the Arabic text in case of disputes or interpretation of the Charter.
Article 3. The Headquarters
The General Headquarters of the Association is that of the General international Co-coordinator, who is elected for a two-year term on the principal of alternation.
Article 4. Membership: Conditions, categories, voting rights, and cancellation
The membership of the Association is open to all faculty members in universities, centers, and institutes of communication in the Arab world and in the United States.
There are three categories of membership:
A full member-candidate must meet the following conditions:
The Board of Directors has the exclusive right to vote.
Membership is cancelled based on the absolute majority principle in the following cases:
Article 5. Administrative Structure
The Association is comprised of a Board of Directors, national branches, and working committees.
The board of directors is comprised of members from Arab nations and the U.S. on 3 to 2 ratio from whom an administration is elected for a two-year term on the principle of alternation as follows:
On the national level, the Association is comprised of branches managed and headed by a member of the Board of Directors who acts as coordinator. The coordinator enjoys full discretion in the selection of staff and management style.
The activities of the Association are run by twelve working committees headed by a coordinator selected from the Board of Directors. The committees are:
Article 6. Voting Procedure
The Association has adopted the absolute majority principle, which is 50 percent plus 1, in all its decision-making processes.
The Association has adopted the principle of alternation for the office of the President and all other administrative offices between its Arab and American Board of Directors in the following fashion: In case the President is of an Arab member country, the Vice-President must be, in accordance with the bylaws of the Charter, from the American members, and vice versa. The same alternation principle is applicable to all other national administrative offices.
The general elections shall be held every two years except for the following circumstances:
This rule is applicable to all elected members of the international offices.
The Association has adopted the rule of secret balloting in the voting process. In case of a tie, the voting members will adopt the recommendation of the President.
Article 7. Meetings
The members of the international Board of Directors of the Association shall meet at least once a year and whenever it is deemed necessary. Under recommendation of a majority of the Board of Directors, a general meeting of the membership of the Association shall be held.
Article 8. Funding: Sources and Expenditures
Funding sources of the Association are comprised of annual fees, grants, and contributions.
Special status is granted in all categories to members who reside in Gaza and the West Bank: Full member, $15, Associate member $5, Student Associate member $2.
Ninety percent (90%) of the financial resources are reserved for expenditures at the national branches with priority on the annual international conference. The remaining ten percent (10%) is for use for the international headquarters of the Association.
Article 9. Amendments
The Charter of the Association can be amended upon request by a majority of the Board of Directors present at any of the annual meeting of the Association, on the condition that all members are notified in writing of the motion to amend and that this motion must be circulated to all members 60 days prior to the date of the meeting.
Article 10. Founding Members
The Founding members of the association gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, between April 2, 1995, and May 4, 1995, under the umbrella of Georgia State University, and participated in the formulation and implementation of this organization. Their names in alphabetical order are:
Nashat Aqtash (Gaza)
Tayeb Boutbouqalt (Morocco)
Carolyn Crimmins (U.S.A.)
Hammad Ibrahim Hamed (Egypt)
Taoufik Jdidi (Morocco)
Hanan El-Malki (Syria)
Abdelkader Rhaiem (Tunisia)
Leonard Teel (U.S.A.)
Khelifa Bouras (Algeria)
Mohamed-Fehri Chelbe (Tunisia)
Khalid El-Ghamry (Egypt)
Al Hester (U.S.A.)
Gregory Lisby (U.S.A.)
Issam Moussa (Jordan)
Samar Shunnar (West Bank)