Constitution of the
Article I: Name
The name of this Association shall be the “Alabama Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.” It may, in all its activities, be referred to as the “Alabama-AAPT.”
Article II: Objectives
The objectives of the Association shall be to advance the teaching of Physics, to further the appreciation of the role of physics in our culture, and to enhance effective communication among those concerned with the teaching of physics at all levels. These objectives shall be carried out exclusively for educational and scientific purposes.
Article III: Membership
The membership shall consist of four classes: regular members, student members, emeritus members, and honorary members.
Article IV: Officers
The officers of the Association shall be a President, a President-elect, and a Secretary-Treasurer.
Article V: Section Representative
The Alabama Section Representative to the Council of the American Association of Physics Teachers shall be responsible for representing the Alabama Section at all national meetings, communicating AAPT information to the Alabama Section and other duties as determined by the Section Council. The Section Representative will also chair the Awards Committee. If the Section Representative is unable to attend a scheduled section representatives meeting of the AAPT, he or she shall secure an alternate. The Section Representative shall notify the AAPT Secretary in writing of the change in representation prior to the meeting. The Section Representative shall take office at the close of the annual meeting following election and shall serve a four-year term. The Section Representative may serve more than one consecutive term. The Section Representative and his or her alternate must be a member of the nation AAPT.
Article VI: Committees
There shall be two standing committees: a Nominating Committee and an Awards Committee. The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the President, and include committee members representing the three groups (universities and four-year colleges, two-year colleges, and pre-college schools) appointed by the President and approved by the Council. The Nominating Committee shall be provided the results of the Secretary-Treasurer’s “Call for Nominations” and using this information and their own resources present a slate of candidates to the Secretary-Treasurer for the positions that become vacant at the following annual meeting. The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that the proposed candidates have agreed to serve if elected. The Secretary-Treasurer will ensure distribution of this information to the membership at least a month prior to the meeting.
The Awards Committee shall be chaired by the Section Representative and include another Past President with other members chosen by them and confirmed by the President. The President may appoint other committees of one or more members as he or she may deem desirable to further the objectives of the Association. Such committees shall cease to exist no later than the close of the next annual meeting.
Article VII: Elections
The Officers and the Section Representative shall be elected by a simple majority of the voting members of the Association present and voting at the time of the annual meeting. Candidates for any position shall be members of the Association, nominated by the Nominating Committee or directly by voice at the business meeting or by written petition to the President signed by at least 10 voting members of the Association prior to the election, but no later than two months before the election. A plurality of votes ensures election. In case of a tie, the President shall determine the winner by a chance event.
Article VIII: Dues
Dues shall be set by a simple majority of the voting members of the Association present and voting at the time of the annual meeting to cover the expenses of the Association. The fiscal year for the Association shall begin on May 1.
Article IX: Meetings
There shall be an annual meeting arranged by the President. Notices of the time and place of these meetings shall be appropriately delivered to all members of the Association. There shall be no registration fee.
Article X: Nondiscrimination
The Association shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, or sex.
Article XI: Nonprofit Organization
Article XII: Amendments
This Constitution may be amended by:
Article XIII: Bylaws
Bylaws may be added to this Constitution if recommended by the Officers and approved by a simple majority of the membership present and voting at a scheduled Association business meeting.
Adopted by the Section October 28, 2004