The CIT Board of Directors Responsibilities

Executive Board

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The executive board is elected by the membership every two years. These are the responsibilities described in our bylaws.

The President shall:

  • Preside at all meetings of the organization and of the Board of Directors;
  • Appoint chairs of all standing committees not otherwise provided in the By-Laws;
  • Report at least twice a year to the membership on the state of the organization;
  • Cast the deciding vote in case of a tie, except in elections;
  • Be ex-officio member of all committees;
  • Act as a mentor to the newly elected President for one year after the term of office has ended.

The Vice-President shall:

  • Preside in the place of the President whenever needed (i.e. in case of absence, resignation, death or
    delegation of authority by the President);
  • Not be ex-officio member of all committees in the absence of the President;
  • Act as a mentor to the newly elected Vice-President for one year after the term of office has ended;
  • Chair the By-Laws Committee.

The Secretary shall:

  • Keep accurate and complete minutes of all meetings of the organization and the Board of Directors;
  • Maintain a file of all papers belonging to the organization;
  • Superintend the publication of the same if so ordered by the Board meetings of the organization;
  • Conduct the general correspondence of the organization;
  • Notify each member of the Board regarding the location and time of Board meetings of the organization;
  • Inform the membership regarding the location and time of the biennial Convention and business meeting;
  • Within 30 days of any meeting, send minutes of the business which transpired to the Board, in the case of Board meetings; and to the membership, in the case of a general business meeting;
  • Follow guidelines for recording of minutes as approved by the Board;
  • Act as a mentor to the newly elected Secretary for one year after the term of office has ended.

The Treasurer shall:

  • Maintain regular contact with the Financial Records manager;
  • May take on all or part of the responsibilities listed in Article 5: Appointments, Section 5. 1, Financial Records Manager, as the Board may determine appropriate;
  • Receive all monies belonging to the organization;
  • Submit an annual operating budget to the Board;
  • Submit a five-year plan;
  • Design and manage a biennial convention budget;
  • Act as a mentor to the newly elected Treasurer for one year after the term of office has ended;
  • File papers of incorporation annually.

Directors

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These positions are appointed by the Board of Directors.

The Director of Communications & Technology shall:

  • Promote the use of distance learning technology;
  • Establish a mechanism to ensure effective communication with members;
  • Publish a list of interpreting programs on the website;
  • Publish a directory of consultants as a searchable database on the website;
  • Initiate joint website endeavors between CIT and other organizations.

The Director of Membership shall:

  • Establish an ad hoc committee to work with the Membership
  • Coordinator to develop a membership services program and membership recruitment program;
  • Increase membership by providing member-only benefits;
  • Increase the number of institutional members by defining the benefits of that category of membership;
  • Develop a members-only site on the web.

The Director of Public Relations & Outreach shall:

  • Promote the involvement of qualified faculty and mentors from diverse backgrounds in interpreter education, especially Deaf/deaf faculty;
  • Establish entry and exit standards for interpreting program students;
  • Promote the establishment of graduate level teacher education programs;
  • Develop a strong relationship between CIT, RID, and other stakeholders;
  • Develop a strong partnership with ASLTA.
  • Develop working relationships with other foreign language teachers and organizations;
  • Develop public relations contacts and materials;
  • Establish a teacher/mentor recognition program;
  • Increase diversity among CIT members and interpreter educators;
  • Develop avenues for communication and exchange with other organizations and their members and CIT and its members;
  • Carry out an exchange of information between the Boards and members of those organizations and the CIT Board and members.

The Director of Professional Development shall:

  • Promote the involvement of qualified faculty and mentors from diverse backgrounds in interpreter education, especially Deaf/deaf faculty through workshops;
  • Provide portfolio information for CIT members;
  • Host Biennial conventions;
  • Provide professional development opportunities for interpreter educators;
  • Sponsor teacher institute on effective teaching;
  • Provide a resource link on the website describing portfolio assessment and offering suggestions on how to informally begin accruing documentation of teaching experience and professional development activities.
  • Work toward sponsoring sister organization conferences;
  • Plan and administer any convention with the approval of the Board of Directors;
  • Six months prior to any convention, report to the Board of Directors on all preliminary arrangements made for the convention;
  • Solicit bids for the next site and make recommendations to the membership for approval;
  • Oversee the Mary Stotler Award Committee, which shall advertise and select the recipient in cooperation with RID Awards Committee of the award;
  • Assist with convention program planning;
  • Conduct periodic membership surveys to determine professional development needs;
  • Arrange pre-convention courses.

The Director of Research & Publications shall:

  • Publish a list of colleges and universities that have completed the Self Study Review process;
  • Promote the involvement of qualified faculty and mentors from diverse backgrounds in interpreter education, especially Deaf/deaf faculty; Deaf faculty and mentors in interpreter education;
  • Publish a Journal of Teaching Interpretation;
  • Provide funding and information to those individuals researching the interpreting and teaching process;
  • Establish a publishing arm of CIT and a peer review committee;
  • Recruit submissions from members to contribute to the CIT News;
  • Include information on teaching and teaching interpreting in the CIT News;
  • Provide a CIT newsletter, website, and Convention Proceedings;
  • Increase professional publications on effective Teaching;
  • Provide a published historical overview of CIT;
  • Expand the task analysis of teaching interpreting in The 1984 CIT Conference Proceedings;
  • Create a joint CIT-ASLTA Journal of Teaching;
  • Exchange newsletters and articles with ASLTA.

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