CSAA Executive – Structure

Office bearers

Four office bearers are elected at CSAA AGMs, which are held at CSAA conferences: the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Office bearers are appointed for three years each, in order to provide stability to the Association.

President

The holder of the presidential office is appointed for a period of up to three years.
The duties of the president are:

  • To represent the CSAA publicly.
  • To oversee, and offer support to, the work of other office bearers.
  • To attend the CSAA conference each year and give the ‘President’s address’.
  • To chair the AGM.
  • To work with the conference organiser in order to ensure that CSAA administrative concerns are addressed in relation to the conference. These include:
    1. Conference costs must include CSAA membership from each participant.
    2. Liability for any loss made by the conference must be negotiated on a year by year basis. The CSAA does not normally bear liability for any losses.
    3. Time be made available at the conference opening for the CSAA president’s address.
    4. The CSAA AGM be timetabled at the conference.
    5. Seed funding from the CSAA be available to conference organisers.The amount of funding provided is to be negotiated between the CSAA Executive Office Bearers and conference organisers.
  • To oversee the administration of the CSAA small grants scheme.
  • To oversee the administration of the CSAA book awards.
  • To generate ideas for the work of the CSAA.
  • To ensure all Executive posts are filled.
  • To liaise and ensure association with the publishers of CSAA affiliated journals.

Vice President

The holder of the vice-presidential office is appointed for a period of up to three years.
The duties of the vice president are:

  • To represent the CSAA publicly when the president is unavailable.
  • To attend the CSAA conference each year.
  • To generate ideas for the work of the CSAA.
  • To chair the judging panel for the CSAA book awards.

Secretary

The holder of the secretarial office is appointed for a period of up to three years.
The duties of the secretary are:

  • To attend the CSAA conference each year and take minutes at the CSAA AGM.
  • To hold and maintain the CSAA archives, including the constitution.
  • To maintain the database of CSAA members.
  • To maintain the email list of CSAA members.
  • To maintain the email list of CSAA executive committee members.
  • To maintain an email list of past CSAA members.
  • To provide mailing lists to the publishers of the CSAA’s affiliated journal.
  • To generate ideas for the work of the CSAA.
  • To prepare and circulate an agenda for the CSAA AGM.
  • To prepare and send renewal letters to members.

Treasurer

The holder of the treasurer’s position is appointed for a period of up to three years.
The duties of the treasurer are:

  • To attend the CSAA conference each year and present a financial statement at the CSAA AGM.
  • To maintain CSAA accounts.
  • To maintain CSAA funds in a bank account which will allow for the receipt of cash, cheque and credit card payments, and for the issuing of payments.
  • To pay CSAA bills.
  • To arrange for transfer of monies to conference organisers, and to winners of CSAA small grants.

Regional and Postgraduate Representatives

The CSAA Executive Committee include representatives of the constituencies covered by the Association, including regional and and postgraduate represenatives.

Regional representatives are elected to their positions annually at the CSAA AGM. Positions that are not filled at the AGM become the responsibility of the Executive to appoint in the course of the year.

The duties of the regional and postgraduate representatives are:

  • To partake in debates relevant to CSAA administration and policy.
  • To collect information about CSAA events and initiatives among their constituencies and supply this to the President and Secretary, and the website editor.
  • To contribute to the preparation and dissemination of information and relevant announcements from each constituency to the CSAA blog.

Other CSAA Executive Members

The following positions on the Executive Committee are appointed in other ways:

Website editor

The website editor is appointed by the CSAA executive.
The duties of the website editor are:

  • To edit and regularly update the CSAA website.

Publicity officer

The CSAA publicity officer is appointed by the CSAA executive.
The duties of the Publicity officer are:

  • To identify and alert CSAA members via the CSAA blog of public debates on matters relevant to the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia.
  • To source CSAA members qualified to speak on these matters.
  • To prepare and send press releases on behalf of the CSAA commenting on those matters.
  • To manage the CSAA-Forum email discussion list and promote Cultural Studies discussion on it.
  • To work with regional representatives, the association’s President and Secretary to develop a co-ordinated response to relevant issues.