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Taiwan Education Research Association(TERA)
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Constitution

The constitution of TERA

ARTICLE I: DEFINITION, PURPOSES, AND LOCATION

  Section 1. The Taiwan Educational Research Association (TERA) is a non-profit organization for professionals working at all levels of education committed to improving the practice of instruction, conducting and applying educational research.
  Section 2. The purposes of TERA are to:
‧Promote academic exchanges and establish platform for educational research;
‧Facilitate academic discourse through conferences, seminars, and publications;
‧Disseminate educational research outcomes and practices and to upgrade education quality;
‧Actively participate in the formation and operation of international education-related associations.
‧Function as a channel for international exchanges in education research and promote global cooperation among educational research communities
  Section 3. The TERA is now located at the Institute of Education, National Sun Yat-sen University, No.70, Lianhai Rd., Gushan District, Kaohsiung City 804, Taiwan.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

  Section 1. TERA membership provides individuals in the field of education research with access to the latest developments and the top researchers around the world. Membership is categorized into:
   

Regular member: Teachers, staff members, and professionals from all levels of schools who accept the goal of TERA and are willing to devote themselves to education are welcome to join. Membership annual fees are NT$ 1,000/ year.
Student member: Students with the age of 20 or above and highly interested in educational practice and research can join this rank. Membership annual fees are NT$ 300 / year.
Group member: Institutions or organizations supporting the objectives of the TERA can join as a group member. Each group member shall appoint a representative to the TERA council and has all the rights and duties of regular membership. Membership annual fees are NT$ 2,000.
Sponsor member: Any individual who is over 20 years old and willing to sponsor the TERA with NT$10,000 per year or over NT$100,000 at one time can apply for this rank of membership. Eligibility must be made through recommendations from two current members.

  Section 2. All types of applicants are required to fill out Membership Application Form and their applications shall be considered and approved by the Board of Directors of the TERA.
  Section 3. Every member or representative has the right to vote, to elect, to be elected, and to impeach, as well as the right to participate in all activities organized by the TERA.

ARTICLE III: ORGANIZATION

  Section 1. Members of the TERA constitute the Council, the highest body of authority in this association. The powers endowed in the Council include: drawing up and amending the organizational codes of TERA, electing and impeaching Directors and Supervisors, passing resolutions concerning annual fees, projects, budgets, the rights and obligations of members, etc.
  Section 2. 15 Directors and 5 Supervisors are elected by the council members/representatives to form the Board of Directors and the Board of Supervisors.
  Section 3. The Board of Directors undertakes the duties of passing resolutions concerning issues raised by the Council, electing or impeaching the TERA President, hiring employees, preparing annual reports, budgets and implementing annual plans, etc.
  Section 4. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for supervising the execution of work assigned by the Board of Directors, examining the annual budget, ratifying or impeaching the appointment of Standing Supervisor, and acting upon all other matters requiring supervision.
  Section 5. The Board of Directors provides for a Standing Committee of five Directors.
  Section 6. The President and vice president are elected from the members of the Standing Committee and voted by the entire Board of Directors.
  Section 7. The President nominates General Secretary to act on the President’s directives to assist in administrative matters.

ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS

  Section 1. The meetings of the Council, convened by the President, shall be regularly scheduled or provisional. Except for emergency meetings, all other meetings should be announced at least fifteen days in advance of the meeting date. Regularly scheduled meetings shall be convened once annually. Provisional meetings may be scheduled as the Board of Directors deems appropriate, or by request from at least one-fifth of all Members, or by a written request from the Board of Supervisors.
  Section 2. In case a member cannot attend meetings in person, he or she may designate in writing another member to act on his or her behalf. Each member can substitute for only one member.
  Section 3. All motions adopted by the Council shall be considered effectively ratified when passed by a majority with more than half the members in attendance. The items which must be decided by a two-thirds majority vote in order to become effective include establishment and amendment of organizational codes, membership revocation, impeachment of Directors or Supervisors, disposal of the Association’s property, disbandment of the Association and all other important matters bearing upon members’ rights and obligations.
  Section 4. Once the Association has applied for status as a legal person, the codes in this Constitution can only be changed either by ratification with more than a three-quarter majority vote in a meeting convened by more than two-thirds of all members (or their appointed substitutes). Disbandment of the Association can only be undertaken with the approval of more than two-thirds of all Association members).
  Section 5. The Board of Directors shall convene once every three months; the Board of Supervisors shall convene once every six months. A joint session of the two Boards and/or provisional meeting of the two Boards may be called as necessary. When such a joint session is called, except in the case of a provisional meeting, written notification should be provided to each of the respective Boards at least seven days before the meeting is to be held. In order to become ratified, motions made during joint session must gain a majority of votes from a session attended by more than half the total number of Directors and Supervisors.
  Section 6. Directors and Supervisors must attend meetings in person; they cannot designate substitutes to act in their place. If a Director or Supervisor is absent without cause for two consecutive Board meetings, his or her person will automatically be rescinded.

ARTICLE V: SOURCES OF REVENUE AND FINANCE

  Section 1. The TERA obtains its sources of revenue from: lifetime membership fee, annual membership fees, member donations, funds and interests, etc.
  Section 2. The fiscal year for the association extends from January 1st thru December 31st of each year.
  Section 3. Two months before the beginning of each new fiscal year, the Board of Directors will draft an annual plan, including an annual budget and table of employee compensation to be submitted to the Council and the proper authorities for approval. Within two months after the end of the fiscal year, the Board of Directors must prepare a final report, including final accounts, expenses and debts accrued, and a list of assets to be submitted to the Board of Supervisors. After making any comments necessary, this report will then be sent back to the Board of Directors for review by the Council and further submitted to the proper authorities before the end of March.