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Korean American University Professors Association (KAUPA) was established in 1986 to:

(1) encourage and facilitate academic research and scholarly cooperation among members,

(2) facilitate academic and social exchange of scholars between North America and Korea,

(3) sponsor programs for its members, and

(4) award scholarships to Korean American and Korean Canadian students.


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Bylaws of The Korean American University Professors Association (KAUPA)

Effective January 1, 1987
Amended October 20, 1988
Amended October 16, 2011

Article I – Name

The name of this association is the Korean American University Professors Association (hereafter referred to as KAUPA or the Association).

Article II – Membership

II.1. Regular membership in the association is open to all Korean Americans and Korean Canadians who hold academic positions, including those retired, in universities or colleges in the United States of America or Canada.

II.2. Associate membership in the Association is open to those persons who support the objectives and activities of the Association. Associate members shall have the same rights and privileges as the regular members except they may not vote and they may not be elected to an officer position.

II.3. All regular and associate members shall pay membership dues. The amount of dues shall be decided by the Executive Committee. Only regular members who have paid their dues are eligible to vote.

Article III – Objectives

KAUPA is an academic, educational, non-profit and non-political organization.

The objectives of the Association are:

III.1. To encourage and facilitate academic research and scholarly cooperation among members, especially research on related issues on Korea and North America.

III.2. To facilitate academic and social exchanges of scholars between North America and Korea.

III.3. To sponsor programs for its members and Korean Americans.

Article IV – Activities

Activities of KAUPA may include:

IV.1. To hold academic conferences or seminars.

IV.2. To publish academic journals, newsletters and membership directories.

IV.3. To hold joint conferences or seminars with other academic, civic, or governmental organizations.

IV.4. To sponsor cultural or educational programs for Korean Americans and Koreans as well as its members.

IV.5. To sponsor other programs in accommodation with the objectives of the Association.

IV.6. KAUPA shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future U.S. Internal Revenue Law.

Article V – Organization

V.1. Board of Directors

A. The Board of Directors (The Board) is the ultimate governing body of KAUPA and shall consist of at least five members.

B. The members of the Board are elected by the majority vote of the existing Board.

C. Each member is elected for two years and may be renewed by majority vote of the existing board.

D. The Board will select the Chairperson. The Chairperson’s term is two years and may be renewed.

E. The Board shall hold a regular meeting once a year. The decision of the Board will be made by the majority vote of the present.

F. The board shall approve the annual budget and and any special budgets submitted by the executive committee at the regular meeting.

G. The Board shall deal with major policy matters but not the routine management.

V.2. Nomination Committee

A. The Chairperson of the Board, President, and the First Vice President and one member-at-large will serve as the Nomination Committee.

B. The Nomination Committee nominates candidates for the members of the Board and the Executive Committee.

V.3. Executive Committee

A. The Executive Committee (EC) shall consist of President, at least two Vice Presidents, Secretary General, and Treasurer.

B. The members of the EC are nominated by the Nomination Committee and are elected by the General Assembly of KAUPA.

C. The terms of the EC are two years and may be renewed.

D. EC will plan and execute the KAUPA activities.

E. The President is the official representative and the chief executive officer of KAUPA, who is in charge of all activities of KAUPA.

F. Vice Presidents shall assist the President, and when the President is absent or incapacitated, the First Vice President shall assume the responsibilities of the President. The First Vice President is president-elect and assumes the presidency after the current president has fulfilled his/her two-year term unless the president chooses to renew.

G. The Secretary General is the chief administrative officer of KAUPA, and shall be responsible for the administrative support for the KAUPA activities.

H. The Treasurer shall manage the funds of KAUPA, and prepare financial statements and report them to the President and the Board.

I. The president and first vice president are ex officio members of the Board.

V.4. General Assembly

A. All due-paying members of the Association shall constitute the General Assembly.

B. The General Assembly shall confirm the membership of the Board and the Executive Committee by the majority vote.

Article VII – Revision

VII.I. The constitution may be revised by the General Assembly with a two-thirds majority vote of all ballots cast.

VII.2. Petition for a revision of the constitution can be made to the President, by 20 percent or more of the members of the General Assembly, or by a decision of the Executive Committee.

VII.3. The President shall conduct a ballot of all members with voting right within two weeks of receiving a petition for revision of the constitution. The ballot, with the statement of the petition, shall be forwarded to each member with the voting right. The completed ballot shall be returned to the President within four weeks after its mailing. The results of the ballots shall be announced within a week after the close of the ballots.

Article VIII – Provisos

VIII.1. The constitution of KAUPA shall be effective immediately upon its approval

VIII.2. In the event of dissolution, the residual assets of KAUPA will be turned over to one or more organizations which themselves are exempt as organizations described in Section 501 (c) (3) and 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or corresponding sections.



 

Leadership

Officers


President
Young B. Choi
Regent University
ychoi@regent.edu

1st Vice President
Youngsuk Kim
Mansfield University
ykim@mansfield.edu

2nd Vice President
Munsup Seoh
Wright State University
munsup.seoh@wright.edu

Executive Committee and Officers

OfficeNameAffiliationE-mail
PresidentYoung B. ChoiRegent University, VAychoi@regent.edu
1st Vice PresidentYoungsuck KimMansfield University of Pennsylvania, PAykim@mansfield.edu
2nd Vice PresidentMunsup SeohWright State University, OH (Emeritus Professor)munsup.seoh@wright.edu
Secretary- GeneralTae (Tom) OhRochester Institute of Technology, NYtom.oh@rit.edu
Financial DirectorSylvia KimFresno Pacific University, CAsylvia.kim@fresno.edu
Planning DirectorSeong Nam HwangSoutheast Missouri State University, MOshwang@semo.edu
Membership DirectorMunsup SeohWright State University, OH (Emeritus Professor)munsup.seoh@wright.edu
Assistant Membership DirectorJinho KimLewis University, ILjkim5@lewisu.edu
Scholarship DirectorJung C. LeeMilwaukee School of Engineering, WIlee@msoe.edu
Technology DirectorMunsup SeohWright State University, OH (Emeritus Professor)munsup.seoh@wright.edu
Academic DirectorSeok KangUniversity of Texas at San Antonio, TXseok.kang@utsa.edu

Regional Chairs

Regional ChairsNameAffiliationE-mail
NorthwestSam ChungCity University of Seattle, WAchungsam@cityu.edu
SouthwestJaeyoon KimPoint Loma Nazarene University, CAjkim@pointloma.edu
North CentralSeong Nam HwangSoutheast Missouri State University, MOshwang@semo.edu
South Central
NortheastAngie Y. ChungUniversity at Albany, SUNY, NYaychung@albany.edu
Central EastJung-lim LeeDelaware State University, DEjlee@desu.edu
South EastBomi KangCarolina State University, SCbkang@coastal.edu
Canada West
Canada East Sohee KangUniversity of Toronto Scarboroughsohee.kang@utoronto.ca

North America Regions

North West:
WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, and AK

South West:

CA, NV, UT, AZ, CO, NM, and HI

North Central:

MN, IA, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH and KY

South Central:

KS, OK, TX, MO, AR, LA, and MS

North East:

ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, and NY

Central East:
PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, WV, and VA
Southeast:
TN, AL, NC, SC, GA, and FL
Canada West:
YT, BC, NT, AB, SK, NU, and MB
Canada East:
ON, QC, NL, PE, NB, and NS

Specialty Chairs

Specialty LeadersNameAffiliationE-mail
Agriculture
Anthropology
ArtsTaehee KimSam Houston State University, TXthkim@shsu.edu
BusinessHyuna ParkBrooklyn College of the City University of New York, NYhyuna.park38@brooklyn.cuny.edu
DentistryMary KangNew York University College of Dentistry, NYmarykang@nyu.edu
Education
EngineeringWoo Hyoung LeeUniversity of Central Florida, FLwoohyoung.lee@ucf.edu
Hospitality & TourismBomi KangCarolina State University, SCbkang@coastal.edu
Human EcologyJung-lim LeeDelaware State University, DEjlee@desu.edu
Law & Politics
Letters & ScienceKyongseon JeonColumbus State University, GAjeon_kyongseon@columbusstate.edu
Life Science
LiteratureSharon KimJudson University, ILskim@judsonu.edu
Medicine
MusicRyu-Kyung KimUniversity of Dayton, OHrkim03@udayton.edu
NursingChin S. ParkNew York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursingcp116@nyu.edu
Pharmacy
Public Affairs
Public Health
SociologyAngie Y. ChungUniversity at Albany, SUNY, NYaychung@albany.edu
Statistics
Veterinary Medicine

Past Presidents and Officers


13th President
Jae K. Park
University of Wisconsin – Madison
jkpark@wisc.edu


10th President
Nak Ho Sung
Tufts
University
nsung@tufts.edu


7th President
Hang Yul Rhee
Shepherd University
hangyulrhee@yahoo.com


4th President
Eui Hang Shin
University of South Carolina


1st President

Seong Hyong Lee

Appalachian State University


12th President
K. Wayne Lee
University of
Rhode Island
leekw@uri.edu


9th President
Yoon-Shik Park
George Washington University
yspark@gwu.edu


6th President
Youn-Suk Kim
Kean University
kim@uwm.edu


3rd President
Yun Kim
Utah State University


11th President
Sunwoong Kim
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
kim@uwm.edu


8th President
H. Thomas Hahn
University of California, Los Angeles
hahn@seas.ucla.edu


5th President
Ki-Hyon Kim
North Carolina Central University


2nd President
Tae-Hwan Kwak
Eastern Kentucky University
thkwak@hotmail.com

Former Officers

OfficeNameUniversityMajor
Organizational MeetingOctober 12, 1985
ChairmanLee, Seong HyongAppalachian State UniversityCommunication
Vice ChairmanChoi, In DalJames Madison UniversityMusic
Vice ChairmanShin, Eui HangUniversity of South CarolinaSociology
1st Leadership1986-1988
PresidentLee, Seong HyongAppalachian State UniversityCommunication
Vice PresidentKwak, Tae-HwanEastern Kentucky UniversityPolitical Science
Vice PresidentKim, YunUtah State UniversitySociology
Secretary GeneralShin, Eui HangUniversity of South CarolinaSociology
2nd Leadership1989-1990
PresidentKwak, Tae-HwanEastern Kentucky UniversityPolitical Science
Vice PresidentKim, YunUtah State UniversitySociology
Vice PresidentShin, Eui HangUniversity of South CarolinaSociology
Secretary GeneralKim, Young J.Alcorn State UniversitySocial Science
3rd Leadership1991-1992
PresidentKim, YunUtah State UniversitySociology
Vice PresidentShin, Eui HangUniversity of South CarolinaSociology
Vice PresidentKim, Young J.Alcorn State UniversitySocial Science
Secretary GeneralYoum, Kyo HoArizona State UniversityMass Comm.
4th Leadership1993-1994
PresidentShin, Eui HangUniversity of South CarolinaSociology
Vice PresidentKim, Ki-HyonN. Carolina Central UniversityPhysics
Vice PresidentKim, Youn-SukKean UniversityEconomics
Secretary GeneralYoum, Kyo HoArizona State UniversityMass. Comm.
5th Leadership1995-1996
PresidentKim, Ki-HyonN. Carolina Central UniversityPhysics
Vice PresidentKim, Youn-SukKean UniversityEconomics
Vice PresidentRhee, Hang YulShepherd UniversityGov’t & Politics
Secretary GeneralOh, Hae SooUniv. of N. Carolina-CharlotteMathematics
6th Leadership1997-1998
PresidentKim, Youn-SukKean UniversityEconomics
Vice PresidentRhee, Hang YulShepherd UniversityGov’t & Politics
Secretary GeneralOh, Hae SooUniv. of N. Carolina-CharlotteMathematics
7th Leadership1999-2000
PresidentRhee, Hang YulShepherd UniversityGov’t & Politics
President-ElectHahn, H. Thomas UCLAMech. Engineering
TreasyrerKim, JunghoUniversity of MarylandMech. Engineering
Publications DirectorOh, Hae SooUniv. of N. Carolina-CharlotteMathematics
Conference DirectorKim, Ki-HyonN. Carolina Central UniversityPhysics
8th Leadership2001-2002
PresidentHahn, H. ThomasUCLAMech. Engineering
President-ElectPark, Yoon-ShikGeorge Washington UniversityInt’l Finance
Secretary GeneralHan, BongtaeUniversity of MarylandMech. Engineering
TreasurerKim, JunghoUniversity of MarylandMech. Engineering
Publications DirectorOh, Hae SooUniv. of N. Carolina-CharlotteMathematics
Conference DirectorKim, Ki-HyonN. Carolina Central UniversityPhysics
9th Leadership2003-2004
PresidentPark, Yoon-ShikGeorge Washington UniversityInt’l Finance
Secretary GeneralHan, BongtaeUniversity of MarylandMech. Engineering
TreasurerKim, JunghoUniversity of MarylandMech. Engineering
Publications DirectorOh, Hae SooUniv. of N. Carolina-CharlotteMathematics
Conference DirectorKim, Ki-HyunN. Carolina Central UniversityPhysics
10th Leadership2005-2006
PresidentSung, Nak HoTufts UniversityChem. & Biological Eng.
TreasurerKim, JunghoUniversity of MarylandMech. Engineering
Publications DirectorOh, Hae SooUniv. of N. Carolina-CharlotteMathematics
Conference DirectorKim, Ki-HyunN. Carolina Central UniversityPhysics
11th Leadership2007-2013
PresidentKim, SungwoongUniv. of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeEconomics
Vice PresidentKim, Byung H.Univ. of Massachusetts, AmherstMech. Engineering
Secretary GeneralJeong, WooweobUniv. of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeInformation Sciences
TreasurerKim, Jungho (2007-10)
Choi, Woonsup (2011-13)
University of Maryland
Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Mech. Engineering
Geography
12th Leadership2014-2017
PresidentLee, Kwang-Won WayneUniv. of Rhode IslandTransp. & Civil Engineering
Vice PresidentPark, Jae KwangUniv. of Wisconsin-MadisonEnvion. Engineering
Vice PresidentChoi, Young B.Regent Univ.Computer Science
Secretary GeneralKim, JongsungBryant Univ.Economics
TreasurerChoi, WoonsupUniv. of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeGeography
Artistic & Cultural DirectorKim, YoungsukMansfield Univ.Music
Scholarship Committee ChairKang, Kee BumNaval Postgraduate SchoolIndustrial Engineering
Rules Committee ChairHyun, Kun SupNew Jersey Inst. of Tech.Chemical Engineering
WebmasterJeong, WooseobEmporia State Univ.Information Mgmt.
Board Members2014-2017
ChairKim, Kihyun KennyUniv. of Central North CarolianPhysics
Rhee, HangryulWest Virginia Shepherd Univ.Politics
Hahn, Hongtaek ThomasUniv. of California, Los AngelesMech. Engineering
Park, Yoon ShikGeorge Washington Univ.International Finance
Sung, NakhoTufts Univ.Chemical Engineering
Kim, SunwoongUniv. of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeEconomics
Lee, Kang-Won WayneUniv. of Rhode IslandTransp. & Civil Engineering
Park, Jae KwangUniv. of Wisconsin-MadisonEnvion. Eng.

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