Constitution of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA)
December 23, 2013
ARTICLE I NAME AND OBJECTIVES
SECTION 1 NAME
This Society will be known as the North American Korean Philosophy Association (hereafter abbreviated as NAKPA). By "Korea Philosophy" is meant the whole philosophical tradition and heritage that were developed in relation to Korea. The term "Korean Philosophy" will also include the logical, metaphysical, ethical, aesthetical, and epistemological thinking and reflection referring to the Korean philosophical tradition and heritage, Korean language, Korean society, and Korean civilization.
SECTION 2 OBJECTIVES
This Society (NAKPA) will be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed for the purpose of uniting persons affiliated with the study and research of Korean Philosophy or interested in promoting the study and research of Korean philosophy in both academic and non-academic circles. This society encourages creativity, innovation, and respects people's difference in belief. It is firmly committed to sexual and racial equality, prohibits any discriminatory practice in all its activities and officer appointment.
The objectives of NAKPA are set forth as follows:
To support, sponsor or co-sponsor conferences, seminars, workshops and the like on Korean philosophy solely or in cooperation with local, national, or international philosophical congresses or academic institutions.
To sponsor or co-sponsor philosophical, educational, cultural or scientific activities in cooperation with educational, cultural, philosophical, or scientific institutions or organizations in connection with the study and research of Korean philosophy.
To support and sponsor the editing and publication of the international research journal that will be known as the Journal of Korean philosophy (in preparation) for the philosophical and scholarly community interested in Korean philosophy.
To support and sponsor the editing and publication of a periodic newsletter for the NAKPA which will report on the academic activities of the members of this Society and other pertinent matters in the field of Korean philosophy.
To support and sponsor research projects in Korean philosophy as well as projects on research tools in Korean philosophy such as bibliographies, chronicles, directories, indices, and the like.
To support and sponsor travel to and from national and international conferences, and the like for the purpose of promoting the study and research of Korean philosophy.
To support, sponsor or co-sponsor community-oriented activities which are meaningful and fruitful for promoting or enriching Korean philosophy and which will enhance the cultural values of Korean philosophy.
To promote and support all other scientific, literary, educational and philosophical activities complementary with the foregoing objectives.
ARTICLE II LOCATION AND (PERMANENT) OFFICE
The office of NAKPA is located on the premises of the institution in North America that the president of the society is associated with. Any official documentation should be sent to this office for permanent filing.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1 DEFINITION OF MEMBERSHIP
Membership in NAKPA is open to any person who is interested in Korean philosophy, and who would like to participate in the activities organized by NAKPA. Membership in the association will not be limited in any discriminatory way.
SECTION 2 ANNUAL DUES
There are no membership fees. SECTION 3 THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND TO HOLD OFFICE All members are eligible to vote and to be an elected officer of NAKPA.
ARTICLE IV BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SECTION 1 DESIGNATION AND COMPOSITION
The governing body of NAKPA shall be a Board of Directors, which shall consist of the following: The President of NAKPA, during the term of office; The Vice-President of NAKPA, during the term of office; The Secretary -treasurer of NAKPA, during the term of office; The Board Member at Large of NAKPA, during the term of office.
SECTION 2 ELIGIBILITY
Only members of NAKPA are eligible to hold office.
SECTION 3 TERM OF OFFICE
The board is elected every two years. The candidates must be members in good standing and express an interest to run for the board. The election should be held through ballot either at a meeting or via mail/email with a minimum of 50% of members participating. The three candidates with highest votes become elected.
SECTION 4 DUTIES OF OFFICERS
(1) The president is the head of the board and the organization, whose primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, presenting the organization to the outside world as a reputable academic organization, serving as spokesperson for the organization, and overseeing the operation of the organization; (2) The vice president of academic affairs assists the president in performing the duties of the board; (3) The secretary is in charge of bookkeeping and responsible for the custody of all funds belonging to the Society. He/she shall disburse funds only in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution and the rules established by the Executive Committee, and he/she shall make a full written annual financial report to the Society. (4) The board member at large conducts projects to further the goals of the organization or to develop services for the membership. He or she could serve as chair of any ad hoc committee formed to develop these projects. Finally, he or she listens to the membership and communicates their issues, needs, and interests to the Board of Directors.
Halla Kim would like to express his gratitude to Bongrae Seok and David Kim for comments on the early draft of the constitution.