I. Name. The name of this organization shall be the College Language
II. Mission. The mission of this Association shall be to bring together in
conferences of mutual understanding college and university teachers of
languages and literatures, with a view to (1) improving the study and
teaching of language and literature, (2) cultivating the appreciation of
language and literature, (3) sharing with each other work of interest to
the group, and (4) encouraging scholarly research in and the teaching of
Black literatures and cultures as necessary aspects of higher education.
The Association shall also publish a journal.
3.1. Any teacher of languages or literatures in a college or university
may become a full member of this Association upon payment of
the membership fee as set forth by the Executive Committee and
may remain so by payment of the same each year. The
membership includes subscription to the CLA Journal.
3.2. Any teacher of languages or literatures in a college or university
may become a life member of the Association upon payment of a
life membership fees as set by the Executive Committee and
approved by the Association.
3.3. Any college or university student, undergraduate or graduate,
attending an institution represented by the membership and
majoring in languages or literatures may become a non-voting
member of the Association upon payment of the annual
membership fee prescribed for such members.
3.4. Any college or university represented by the
membership and willing to support the work of the Association
may become an Institutional Member upon the payment of an
annual institutional membership fees as set by the Executive
Committee and approved by the Association.
3.5. Any teacher or former teacher of language or literature not coved
by 3.1 may become an associate member of this Association,
without the right to vote or hold office but with all other rights and
privileges, upon payment of the regular membership fee and may
remain so by payment of the same each year.
3.6. Distinguished writers, journalists, or educators in allied fields are
eligible for honorary membership by majority of the Association,
upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee.
IV. Officers. The officers of this association shall be President, Vice President,
Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Editor
of the CLA Journal.
5.1. There shall be an Executive Committee comprised of the officers of
the Association, one elected representative from the English
discipline, one elected representative from the foreign language
discipline, and the immediate past president of the Association.
5.2. All officers of the Association shall be elected for a term of two
years and must be financial members of the Association.
5.2.1 At the end of the two-year term of the President, the Vice
President shall succeed to the presidency.
5.2.2 For the purpose of continuity, the Secretary and Treasurer shall
serve longer terms, as determined by the Executive Committee.
5.2.3 The Editor of the CLA Journal serves at the pleasure of the
Executive Committee. The appointment of the Editor shall be
reviewed every five years.
5.3 The elected representatives from the English and foreign
language disciplines shall serve for no more than two consecutive
5.4 The Executive Committee shall recommend the policies of the
Association and transact all other business delegated to it by the
Association. It shall report its activities at each annual meeting, and
its policies shall be subject to the direction and approval of the
5.5 The Association shall sponsor Special Projects, which shall be
administered by a Director, to be appointed as needed by the
6.1. The Association shall hold an annual meeting in the spring of each
year, preferably in April, at a place chosen with due regard to
favoring the several geographical regions represented in the
Association, and subject to venue availability and Host Committee
scheduling. The Executive Committee is empowered to establish
the time and place for the annual meetings.
6.2. Presenters at the annual meeting must pay both annual
membership dues and convention registration fees.
6.3. All members in good standing are entitled to attend the meetings
and participate in all proceedings in accordance with the type of
membership status held. The Association may invite as
participants in discussions high school teachers of languages and
literatures within the area of the conference and all language and
literature majors in the host college. High school teachers may
attend the convention upon payment of a registration fee.
6.4. To transact business, two thirds of members attending the annual
meeting shall constitute a quorum for the CLA business meeting.
VII.Dissolution. Upon dissolution the College Language Association shall, after
paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the
Association, dispose of all assets of the Association exclusively for the
purposes of the Association in such manner, or to such organization or
organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable or
education purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization
or organizations under Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of
1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States
Internal Revenue Law), as the Executive Committee shall determine. No
part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of, or
to be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private
persons, except that the Association shall authorized and empowered to
pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make
payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the
Constitution of the Association.
VIII. Amendments. This Constitution shall be amended by a vote of two-thirds
of the members present at regular business sessions during any annual
meeting provided the proposed amendments have been disseminated to
all members one month prior to the meeting.
I. The Officers.
1.1. All officers shall be elected at annual meetings by majority vote.
1.2. All officers shall hold offices until their successors have been chosen.
1.3. The Secretary, Treasurer, and Editor of the CLA Journal shall make annual
1.4. The President shall preside at all official business meetings of the Association
and of the Executive Committee, and shall appoint committees with the advice of the
Executive Committee. This officer shall during the annual meeting deliver an
address on some subject of general or professional interest to the members.
1.5 The Vice President shall perform all the duties of the President in the absence of
the latter and shall also chair the Program Committee.
1.6. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Association, compile
such minutes for distribution, keep duplicate records of all financial transactions,
assist in preserving archives of the Association, and serve as Secretary of the
1.7. The Assistant Secretary shall perform all duties of the Secretary in the absence
of the latter and shall also chair the Membership Committee.
1.8. The Editor of the CLA Journal shall chair the Editorial Board and shall be
responsible for the publication of the CLA Journal.
1.9. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds of the Association and pay all bills
properly incurred by the Association. This officer shall present an annual report at
the business session for approval by the Association.
1.10. The Assistant Treasurer shall perform all duties of the Treasurer in the
absence of the latter.
1.11. The immediate past President shall serve as an ex officio member of the
II. The Executive Committee.
1.1. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to fill temporarily any
vacancy occurring among the officers of the Association or among its own
body until a successor can be regularly elected.
1.2. The Executive Committee shall meet in the Fall, preferably at the site of the
next annual meeting, or if that is not possible, at a place so designated by the
President. The Executive Committee shall also hold pre- and post-convention
meetings at the site of the annual meeting for the purpose of conducting the
Association’s business. Virtual meetings may also be scheduled to expedite
the transaction of such business as determined by the Executive Committee.
III. Standing Committees.
3.1. The Program Committee shall be comprised of the Vice President (Chair), the
chair of the Host Committee, and the elected representatives from the English and
foreign language disciplines in the Association. It shall prepare the programs for the
annual meetings. It shall notify participants of their places in the program in a
timely manner prior to the date of the annual meeting.
3.2. The Editorial Board. Together with The Editor, Assistant Editor, Managing
Editor, and Book Review Editor, the Editorial Board shall be comprised of six to
eight Advisory Editors drawn from the membership of the Association, representing
both English and the World Languages, and appointed to staggered five-year terms
with the prior approval of the Executive Committee. No Advisory Editor may serve
more than two consecutive five-year terms. The Editor is authorized to appoint and
remove for cause any member of the Editorial Board with the approval of the
3.3 The Committee on Archives shall preserve the records of the Association and
solicit pertinent materials and artifacts from members for deposit in the repository
that reflect their contribution to the Association. Members of this committee shall be
drawn from the general membership with the Chair being appointed by the
President with the approval of the Executive Committee.
3.4. The Committee on Awards shall select from among scholarly and creative
works in languages and literatures by the members of the Association the work or
works that contribute most outstandingly to the enhancement, understanding,
and/or appreciation of humanistic scholarship and values to be announced at the
annual CLA Banquet. The Committee on Awards also selects the Daryl Dance Award
recipient in alternate years. The five members of this committee shall be appointed
by the Executive Committee from the general membership to staggered terms of no
more than five years, making sure that the English and foreign language disciplines
are represented, by the Executive Committee. The Chair of the Committee on
Awards shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive
3.5. The Committee on Black Studies shall promote research and scholarly
publication among members of the Association, as well as among interested
students, emphasizing both African and African American Studies and embracing
trends and projects in related areas. The members of this committee shall be drawn
from among the general membership of the Association and the committee
members shall elect their own chair, subject to the approval of the Executive
3.6 The Committee on CLA and Historically Black Colleges shall seek ways of
improving communications and strengthening relationships among CLA members at
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and further conduct joint projects and
to insure the exposure of students and faculty to the CLA, its ideals, and its offerings.
The membership shall be drawn from the general membership of the Association
who shall elect their chair from among those actively employed at a historically
black institution, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
3.7. The Committee on CLA and Historically White Colleges shall introduce CLA
as an academic and spiritual resource to black and white faculty at historically white
colleges; introduce CLA to graduate students in the disciplines of languages and
literature at historically white colleges; promote the teaching of literatures of the
African diaspora at historically white colleges; increase the representation of black
faculty in language and literature departments of historically white colleges; and
promote the status of African American literature as part of the literary canon. The
membership shall be drawn from the general membership of the Association who
shall elect their chair from among those actively employed at a historically white
institution, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
3.8. The Committee on Constitution shall receive from members and present to
the Association all proposed amendments to the Constitution. The membership shall
be drawn from the general membership; the Chair shall be appointed by the
President with the approval of the Executive Committee.
3.9. The Committee on Creative Writing shall encourage creative writing among
members of the Association and among students in the institutions in which
members are employed. This committee shall also call the attention of the
Association to noteworthy productions in the general creative field, and shall
oversee the administration of the annual creative writing contest and the awarding
of the Margaret Walker Prizes in Creative Writing. The Chair shall be appointed by
the President with approval of the Executive Committee.
3.10 The Committee on Curriculum: English shall sponsor studies of college
curricula in languages and literature, offer constructive criticism of existing
curricula, strive to enhance the work of teachers-in-training and teachers-in-service,
and call attention of the Association to noteworthy curricula experiences in the field
of English. The members shall be drawn from the general membership; the Chair
shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.
3.11. The Committee on Curriculum: Foreign Language shall sponsor studies of
college curricula in languages and literature, offer constructive criticism of existing
curricula, strive to enhance the work of teachers-in-training and teachers-in-service,
and call the attention of the Association to noteworthy curricula experiences in the
fields of language and literature. This committee will also work in conjunction with
the Caroll Mills Young Study Abroad Scholarship Committee to advance Study
Abroad opportunities among member institutions.
3.12. The Committee on Membership shall preserve the register of the
Association, compile and preserve a database of information concerning members of
the Association, and extend the membership of the Association by soliciting all
eligible persons at least two times a year prior to the annual meeting. The Assistant
Secretary serves as Chair of the Membership Committee.
3.13. The Committee on Nominations shall nominate a slate of officers every two
years to be recommended for election by the Association and prepare a biographical
statement on the nominees to be included in the preregistration packet. Members of
the Association may nominate other names from the floor at he annual business
meeting of the Association.
3.14. The Committee on Research shall compile from all available sources an
annual annotated list of scholarly publications and creative projects of members for
publication in the December issue of the CLA Journal, which shall serve as one
source for investigation and study by the Committee on Awards. The Chair shall be
appointed by the president with approval of the Executive Committee.
3.15. The Chairs and members of the Standing Committees of the Association shall
be financial members of the Association.
3.16. Except as otherwise provided, Standing Committees shall establish a regular
rotation of Chairpersons, so that no chairperson serves more than three consecutive
3.17. All Standing Committees shall make annual written reports for presentation at
the business meeting of the Association.
IV. Budget. The fiscal year shall extend from January 1 to December 31.
V. Amendment. These Bylaws may be amended by a majority of those voting at he
annual business meeting of the Association.