The name of this organization shall be the Academy of Process Educators (hereinafter referred to as the Academy).
The Academy shall be incorporated as a non-profit Section 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the state of New York.
We value transformational learning that positively impacts individuals and organizations and is sustained by ongoing reflection and assessment activities designed to produce measurable improvement.
We value the synergy and strength generated via collaboration and communication with colleagues from a diverse array of disciplines, backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives working together to elevate learning across many contexts.
We value increasing and consistent production of high quality results developed through enriched learning environments built upon the dedication and integrity of the individuals involved and utilizing research-based practices supported by clear criteria and measurable outcomes.
Section 1. Vision: The Academy of Process Educators is a recognized leader driving transformational change in academia guided by the principles of Process Education.
Section 2. Mission: The Academy drives transformational change in education
by generating, disseminating, and archiving research based on Process Education
The Academy engages, supports, and collaborates with a community of educators
Section 1: Membership Criteria: A person becomes an Academy member by accepting the philosophy of Process Education and paying annual dues. It is strongly recommended that members attend the meetings of the academy. No one shall be considered for membership on the Board of Directors who has not been active in the Academy during the previous year.
Section 2: Membership Rights & Responsibilities. Academy Membership shall encompass the following:
Section 3: Dues. The dues structure shall be as follows:
Section 4: Removal of Academy membership shall be by a three-fifths vote of all Academy members present and voting at the Annual Business Meeting. Any such proposed action should be published in the meeting agenda sent to all Academy members at least thirty (30) days before the meeting.
Section 1: Executive Board: The governance structure of the Academy shall be composed of an Executive Board composed of ten (10) members- the President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Secretary (two-year term elected in odd years), Finance Officer (two year term elected in odd years), Treasurer (two-year term elected in even years), and four (4) At-Large Members (two-year terms with two elected each year). The Executive Board shall have responsibility for interpreting and implementing policy actions adopted at the Annual Business Meeting. The Executive Board shall also have the responsibilities for generating policies deemed necessary between Annual Conferences, provided that such interim policies shall not abrogate the Bylaws of the Academy.
The Executive Board shall meet no less than three (3) times between Annual Conferences. These meetings may be by conference call. A majority of the entire board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The vote of a majority of the directors present at the time of the vote, if a quorum is present at such time, shall be the act of the board. Any action required or permitted to be taken by the board may be taken without a meeting if all members of the board consent in writing to the adoption of a resolution authorizing the action.
Section 2: Nomination and Election of Officers
Nomination Committee: The Nomination Committee is a standing committee appointed by the President-Elect and approved by the Executive Board. It shall be composed of five members, including the President-Elect.
The Nomination Committee shall prepare a slate of nominees to present at the annual business meeting. These offices are as follows: President-Elect (each year), Secretary (odd years), Finance Officer (odd years), Treasurer (even years), and Board member at large (two each year). No one may be nominated for the Executive Board who has not been active in the Academy during the previous year.
The nomination committee shall be responsible for filling, until the next Annual Conference, vacancies in any uncompleted elected office, and for administering Academy-wide balloting.
Election: The election of officers will take place at the annual business meeting, and new officers will begin their terms at the close of the annual business meeting.
Terms: Elected officers shall serve a one or two year term and shall not be eligible to serve any consecutive term in any single office, except as noted below. Members shall not hold more than one office on the Board at the same time.
Section 3: Removal from Office
Any elected officer may be removed from office for malfeasance or non-performance of duties. Such action may be initiated in one of the following methods:
Section 4: Duties of Elected Officers
Executive Board: The Executive Board shall conduct Academy affairs. The President of the Academy is the designated official spokesperson for the Academy and acts at the direction of the Executive Board. To conduct such business, the Executive Board shall perform the following duties:
President: The President shall act as the leader and spokesperson of the Academy. The duties of the President are as follows:
President-Elect: The President-Elect shall prepare for the ascension to the President. The duties of the President-Elect are as follows:
Immediate Past President: The Immediate Past President shall serve as a resource for the Executive Board of the Academy. To fulfill these duties, the Immediate Past President shall offer appropriate counsel to the Executive Board, President, and President-Elect. In addition, the Immediate Past President shall track the implementation of the Strategic Plan and make provisions for updating the Strategic Plan.
Secretary: The Secretary shall be the official custodian of all documents belonging to the Academy. In addition, the Secretary's other duties shall be:
Finance Officer: The Finance Officer shall oversee the development and promulgation of the financial policies of the Academy. In addition, the Finance Officer's other duties shall be:
Treasurer: The Treasurer shall supervise and monitor all financial transactions of the Academy and its activities/properties. In addition, the Treasurer's other duties shall be:
Board Members at Large: The Board Members at Large shall perform those duties as assigned by the President. In addition, other duties of the Board Members at Large shall be:
Section 5: Duties of Appointed Officers
Annual Conference Chair: The Annual Conference Chair, who is appointed by the Executive Board, shall supervise and monitor all preparations for the Annual Conference. In addition, the Annual Conference Chair's other duties shall be:
Membership Chair: The Membership Chair shall develop processes to increase Academy membership. In addition the Membership Chair's other duties shall be:
Section 1: Severable or Transferable Interest. No member shall have any severable or transferable interest in the property of the Academy.
Section 2: Control and Management. All property of the Academy shall be subject to the control and management of the Executive Board. Except upon dissolution of the Academy, the Executive Board must approve in advance any accumulation or disposal of property.
Section 3: Disposal upon Dissolution. Upon dissolution of the Academy, none of its property shall be distributed to any members. All of its property shall be transferred to organizations(s) the Executive Board determines to have purposes and activities most consonant with those of the Academy, provided that such other organization(s) shall be exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a corresponding provision of the Internal Revenue Laws.
Section 4: Appropriation of Association Funds. No appropriation of the
Funds shall be made except pursuant to the authority of the Executive Board, as outlined in Article VI.
Section 5: Challenge of Executive Decision to Dispose. In the event of dissolution, the Executive Board shall, sixty days prior to such action, submit to all Academy members in good standing a plan of dissolution. The action shall be approved by a plurality of those members returning ballots.
Section 1: Committees: The Standing Committees of the Academy shall be (1) the Nominations Committee, (2) the Annual Conference Committee, (3) the Grant Committee, and (4) the Membership Committee.
Section 1: Duties: The Standing Committees of the Academy shall conduct the regular business of the Academy under the direction of the Appointed Officers of the Academy and the Executive Board. The specific duties of the Standing Committees of the Academy shall be as follows:
Section 1: ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER (Rev.De.) shall be the parliamentary authority for the Academy's proceedings unless otherwise stipulated and waived by 75% of those voting at the proceeding.
Section 2: Parliamentarian. The President may appoint a parliamentary authority for all official meetings of the Association from among those in attendance.
The Executive Board shall determine the fiscal year of the Academy.
Section 1: Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Academy shall be held at such times and places as may be designated by the Executive Board.
Section 2: Annual Business Meeting. An annual business meeting to include the election of officers and the transaction of other business relative to the affairs of the Academy shall be held no later than July 30 of each year, preferably during the annual conference. The secretary shall send the agenda of the annual business meeting to each member of the Academy in advance of the meeting.
Section 3: Quorum. One-third of the Academy members who are registered and attending the annual conference shall constitute a quorum for the annual business meeting.
Section 1: Initiation. Proposals to amend these BYLAWS may be initiated by the Executive Board, by recommendation of a standing committee, or by an Academy member in good standing when accompanied by a petition signed by no less than ten (10) percent of the current Academy membership.
Section 2: Approval. Amendments to these BYLAWS shall be ratified by a balloting
process conducted by the Nomination committee. This ballot shall be provided
to all Academy members no later than sixty (60) days prior to the required date
of the return of such ballots. With no less than 30% of the current
Academy members in good standing voting, the proposal shall pass with a two-thirds
majority of the votes cast favorably.
These BYLAWS shall be ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of all Academy members attending the 2008 Annual Conference.
The BYLAWS were amended at the 2011 Academy Conference.