Transnational Education and Learning Society, Inc. (TELS)



The Transnational Education and Learning Society shall be governed by its board of directors, committees, and country chapters.


5.06 Board of Directors

The board consists of up to 12 members, including the president, the Vice-President, the secretary, the treasurer, the past president, and seven at-large members.  Directors will be elected whenever there is a vacancy. The elected officers and directors shall take office at the next Board of Directors meeting following their installation at the annual business meeting. Their terms of office shall be four years, and they shall have specific responsibilities as indicated in the TELS Policy and Procedures. In the interim between elections, all Director vacancies shall be filled by Presidential appointment for the unexpired term with the approval of the Board of Directors.


The President

The President shall serve as TELS’s principal officer and its representative to the public and shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, annual business meeting, and any other official meeting. The President shall serve as an ex-officio member of every commission, unit, and organizational entity, and will designate a representative to serve on his/her behalf. 


Vice President

The Vice President shall serve as vice chairperson of the Board of Directors and shall represent the President when the latter is unable to perform the duties specified above.


Immediate Past President

The Immediate Past President shall chair and convene the Nominations and Elections Committee. The term of office of the Immediate Past President shall be one year, or until a successor takes office.


5.07 Standing Committees

Standing Committees are defined in these Bylaws and can only be removed or redefined by majority vote of the membership. Other committees may be created by the Board to serve specific duties important to the organization

Directors of Standing Committees, except the Executive Committee, are nominated by the President and approved by the Board. They serve three year terms until the close of the next Annual Business Meeting and may be reappointed.

Members of Standing Committees, except the Executive Committee, are appointed by the committee Director, who will notify the Board of all committee membership changes. All appointed members shall serve one year terms until the close of the next Annual Business Meeting and may be reappointed. 

5.08 About the Standing Committees

The following are the standing committees to statutory establish:

1) Executive Committee: 

Makes decisions and take actions on behalf of the Board of Directors in between Board Meetings.  The President shall call meeting for the executive committee.

2) Membership and Professional Development Committee: 

Develops plans, programs, strategies, and activities for active membership recruitment, retention, and professional development of members.

3) Finance Committee: 

Assists the treasurer in maintaining the financial health of the society, including preparation of the annual budget.  The treasurer shall be the Director of the Finance committee.

4) Organizational Development and Sustainability Committee: 

Develops plan and strategies to seek and secure funding to support the work, growth, and sustainability of the society.

5) Research and Publications Committee: 

Oversees and manages research activities and publications of the society.

6) Technology and Innovation Committee: 

Oversees and manages technology integration and innovative initiatives and practices of the society.

7) Policy and Advocacy Committee: 

Plans and implements activities related to education policies and advocacy.

8) Nominations and Elections Committee: 

Plans and organizes elections for members of the Board of Directors. This  is a standing committee of the Board of Directors led by the Immediate Past President. The Committee will consist of six members plus the Immediate Past President. Three members will be elected annually for a four-year term or until a successor takes office. The Nominations and Elections Committee will establish a slate of officers and conduct a fair and impartial election in accordance with the Bylaws.


9) Events and Conference Committee: 

Plans and organizes events for the society, including the annual international conference.


5.09 Country Chapters

The Board of Directors may establish and dissolve Country Chapters as needed to assist the Board in its governance of the Association.