Pennsylvania Political Science Association
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PPSA Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF THE
PENNSYLVANIA POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION

Article I: Name
Article II: Object
Article III: Membership
Article IV: Executive Council
Article V: Duties of the Officers
Article VI: Dissolution
Article VII: Amendments

ARTICLE I: NAME

 

This Association shall be known as the Pennsylvania Political Science Association.

 

ARTICLE II: OBJECT

It shall be the purpose of this Association to encourage scientific investigation and research in the field of government, politics, and administration, with special reference to the state and local problems of Pennsylvania; to hold meetings for the discussion of these matters; and to encourage a better acquaintance among the members of the profession in the institution of this Commonwealth.

The Association as such will not assume a partisan position upon any question of practical politics, nor commit its members to any position thereupon.

 

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

 There shall be three classes of membership in this Association:

  1. Annual Members- Any person may become a member of this Association upon payment of annual dues and may maintain such membership upon continued payment of such dues.
  2. Life Members- Any person fulfilling conditions set by the Executive Council with the consent of the members of the Association shall become a life member of the Association.
  3. Institutional/Departmental Members- Any institution or department fulfilling conditions set by the Executive Council shall become an institutional or departmental member of the Association.

Dues shall be set by the Executive Council with the consent of the membership at the annual meeting.

 

ARTICLE IV: EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, a First Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer, each of whom shall be elected for a term of two years. There shall also be an Executive Council consisting of the above-mentioned officers and six elected members whose terms shall be for three years. These elected members shall be divided into three groups of two each, the terms of members of one of such groups expiring each year. ALL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MUST BE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION FROM AN INSTITUTION IN PENNSYLVANIA, AS MUST EACH OFFICER; THE LATTER MUST ALSO HAVE SERVED AT LEAST ONE TERM AS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. COUNCIL MEMBER NOMINEES WILL ORDINARILY BE SELECTED FROM THOSE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED ON ONE OR MORE PANELS AT THE ANNUAL MEETING, AND CHOSEN TO COLLECTIVELY REPRESENT DIVERSITY OF SUBFIELDS IN THE DISCIPLINE. OFFICERS WILL BE SELECTED FROM THOSE MEMBERS WHO HAVE RENDERED MERITORIOUS SERVICE ON THE COUNCIL. THE EDITOR AND MANAGING EDITOR OF COMMONWEALTH SHALL BE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL; THEY MAY PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS BUT SHALL HAVE NO VOTE.

All officers shall be nominated by a Nominating Committee composed of three members appointed by the Executive Council. NO MORE THAN ONE MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MAY BE FROM THE SAME INSTITUTION/DEPARTMENT. Further nominations may be made from the floor by any members of the Association.

All officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the members of the Association present at the meeting at which the elections are held. 

ARTICLE V: DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

The President of the Association shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Executive Council and shall perform other such duties as the Executive Council may assign to him or her. In his absence, his or her duties shall devolve successively upon the First Vice-President, the Second Vice-President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.

The First Vice-President shall BE THE PROGRAM CHAIR AND SHALL plan, organize, COORDINATE AND PUBLICIZE the program of the annual meeting and shall perform other such duties as the executive Council may assign to him or her.

The Second Vice-President shall BE THE EDITOR OF PENNSYLVANIA POLITICAL SCIENTIST, The Association's Newsletter, and shall perform other such duties as the Executive Council may assign to him or her.

The Secretary shall regularly write, distribute, and have custody of the approved minutes of the Business Meeting, of the Executive Council, and of the Association, keep the records of the Association, and perform such other duties as the Executive Council may assign him or her.

The Treasurer shall receive and have the custody of the funds of the Association, and shall regularly write and distribute reports on the Association's financial condition to the Executive Council and the Business Meeting, subject to such rules as may be prescribed by the Executive Council.

MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SHALL EACH RECEIVE PROPOSALS AND ORGANIZE ONE OR MORE PANELS IN THEIR AREA OF INTEREST IN COORDINATION WITH, AND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF, THE PROGRAM CHAIR.

The Executive Council shall have charge of the general interests of the Association, shall call regular and special meetings of the Association, appropriate money, appoint committees and their chairman with appropriate powers, and in general possess the governing power in the Association, except as otherwise specifically provided in this Constitution.The Executive Council shall have the power to DECLARE VACANCIES WHERE NECESSARY AND TO fill vacancies in its membership. Such appointees shall hold office until the next election.

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SHALL MEET AT LEAST ONCE EACH YEAR, NORMALLY PRIOR TO THE ANNUAL MEETING. Five members shall constitute a quorum of the Executive Council and a majority vote of those in attendance shall control its decisions.

Ten members shall constitute a quorum of the Association and a majority vote of those members in attendance shall control its decisions.

ARTICLE VI: DISSOLUTION

In the case of the dissolution of the Association, any assets remaining after the obligations of the Association have been paid shall be distributed to such not-for-profit exempt organizations, under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code as it may then be amended, operated for scholarly or educational or charitable purposes as the then existing Executive Council shall select. If no organization shall be so selected, such assets shall be distributed for general charitable purposes and shall not be used for the benefit of, distributed to, the members of the Association.

 

ARTICLE VII: AMENDMENTS

Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by the Executive Council, or may be submitted to it by any member of the Association for consideration and report. Notice shall be given to each member of the nature of the proposed amendments prior to the meeting at which they are to be considered. Such amendments shall be adopted by a majority vote of the members present at any regular or special meeting of the Association.

Adopted at the organization meeting,

Penn-Harris Hotel, Harrisburg,
April 22, 1939.
Revised: 1985, 1988, 1990

 

 
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