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Division 25 of the American Psychological Association

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DIVISION 25 BYLAWS

(Approved by mail ballot of membership, June 1, 1986)

BYLAWS OF THE DIVISION OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR
A DIVISION OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

 

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Article I. Name and Purpose 1. The name of this organization shall be the Division of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, a Division of the American Psychological Association. -
2. The purpose of this organization shall be (a) to promote experimental studies, both basic and applied, in the experimental analysis of behavior, (b) to stimulate the exchange of information concerning such research, (c) to encourage the application of the results of such research to human affairs, (d) to promote the teaching of basic analysis and its technological extensions, and (e) to cooperate with scientific, technological, and humanistic disciplines whose interests overlap with those of the Division.

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Article II. Membership 1. The Division shall consist of four classes of membership: Fellows, Members, Associates, and Affiliates, including Affiliate Members, Student Affiliates, and Corporate Affiliates.
 
A. Fellows of the Division shall be persons who have been elected Fellows by the American Psychological Association and who in addition satisfy the following requirements: (1) five years of experience in the experimental analysis of behavior subsequent to a doctor's degree, (2) publication of significant contributions in the experimental analysis of behavior, in addition to research carried out for the doctor's degree, and (3) active participation in research. The election of Fellows to the Division shall be upon nomination by a majority vote of those members of the Executive Committee who are Fellows of the Division, taken in a closed meeting with only voting members of the Executive Committee who are also fellows present, and subsequently by a majority vote of the Division's Fellows attending the annual business meeting. If the Executive Committee contains fewer than five Fellows of the Division, the President shall appoint a sufficient number of the Division's Fellows to participate in the nomination of Fellows so that a total of five Fellows participates in the nomination vote at the Executive Committee meeting. In proposing a candidate for election to Fellowship in the American Psychological Association, the Executive Committee shall by majority vote specify that upon election the candidate be designated Fellow in the Division of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

B. Members shall be persons (1) who apply to join the Division, (2) who are Members of the American Psychological Association, (3) who have an interest within the field of the experimental analysis of behavior, and (4) who are elected by a majority vote of the Fellows and Members attending the annual business meeting.

C. Associates shall be persons (1) who apply to join the Division as Associates, (2) who are presently Associates of the American Psychological Association, (3) who have an interest within the field of experimental analysis of behavior, and (4) who are elected by a majority vote of the Fellows and Members attending the annual business meeting. Associates are non-voting members of the Division and are not eligible to hold office. Associates shall be encouraged to apply for regular membership in the Division when they are accepted by the American Psychological Association as full members.

D. Affiliates shall be persons (1) who are not members of the American Psychological Association, (2) who apply to join the Division as an Affiliate, and (3) who have an interest within the field of the experimental analysis of behavior. They shall be elected by a majority of the Fellows and Members of the Division voting at any annual meeting. Affiliates are non-voting members of the Division and are not eligible to hold office.
 

(1) Affiliate Members shall be persons whose qualifications are at least equivalent to those required for membership in the Division.

(2) Student Affiliates shall be persons who are undergraduate or graduate students.

(3) Corporate Affiliates shall be any firm, association, corporation, organization, or institution, or one or more subdivisions thereof, desiring to support the Division. Corporate Affiliates may be invited to join the Division by the Division President with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.
 

2. The Secretary-Treasurer of the Division, directly or through the American Psychological Association Central Office, shall notify new members of their election immediately after the annual business meeting. Such election shall be effective when initial dues are paid in accordance with the deadline established by the American Psychological Association.

3. Any member may be expelled from the Division for cause by a two- thirds vote, taken by secret ballot, of the Fellows and Members present and voting at the annual business meeting. Such vote shall be taken only upon recommendation by a special committee of three members to be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of a majority of the Executive Committee to investigate the particular case, the committee's recommendation to be submitted (a) only after it has accumulated the relevant facts and has given the member an opportunity to answer the charges both in writing and by appearing in person before the committee, and (b) after the committee's recommendations have been reviewed and approved by a majority vote, taken by secret ballot, of the Division Executive Committee.

4. Any member whose dues remain unpaid for two consecutive years shall automatically be dropped from membership in the Division, subject to reinstatement upon application, review, and approval by majority vote of the Division Executive Committee.

5. On all matters calling.for action by the membership of the Division, each member shall have one vote and no voting by proxy shall be allowed.

 

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Article III. Officers 1. The officers of the Division shall be a President, a Past-President, a President-Elect, a Secretary-Treasurer, Representative(s) to the Council of Representatives, as provided for in Article IV of the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association, and three members-at-large of the Division Executive Committee. These officers shall be elected by the voting membership of the Division, except for the Secretary-Treasurer, who shall be elected by the Executive Committee, as provided for in Article V, Section 1, of these Bylaws.

2. The term of office of the President shall be one year. The term of the President-Elect shall be one year. The term of the Past-President shall be one year. Each will serve one year in each of the three offices for a total of three years. A former President may not stand for re-election until at least one year after completing the term as Past-President. The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve for a term of three years. The Secretary-Treasurer shall not serve more than two terms without at least three years intervening. The members-at-large of the Division Executive Committee shall serve for a term of three years, but shall not stand for re-election without at least one year intervening. A system of staggered replacement shall be employed with one new member-at-large elected each year. The term of the Division Representative(s) to the Council will be three years. If there is more than one representative to be elected at any given election, the Nomination Committee shall stagger the Representatives' terms so as to provide coordinated divisional input to the Council.

3. Fellows and Members will not be eligible to hold more than one Division office concurrently. If a Fellow or Member is elected to a second office, the Fellow or Member must resign from the position previously held, prior to the start of the term of the office newly elected to, as provided in Article V, Section 5, of these Bylaws. The position vacated shall be filled as provided in Section 9 of this Article.

4. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all Division meetings, to chair the Executive Committee of the Division, to exercise supervision over the affairs of the Division with the approval of the Executive Committee, to appoint such Chairpersons and members of committees as are provided for in Article VII of these Bylaws, to appoint the Editor of the Division Newsletter, to perform the duties of the President-Elect in case of the disability or incapacity of the President-Elect until the position is filled in accordance with Section 9 of this Article, and to perform such other duties as are incident to the office or as may properly be required by majority vote of the Executive Committee. In the absence or incapacity of the President, the President's duties shall be assumed by the Past-President.

5. It shall be the duty of the Past-President to preside at any meeting in the absence of the President, and to chair the Committee on Bylaws. In case of the absence, disability, or resignation of the President, the Past-President shall perform the duties of the President with the same authority as the President, for the remainder of the President's term.

6. It shall be the duty of the President-Elect to appoint the program co-chairs for the American Psychological Association meeting held during the year that individual will preside over the Division. The appointments should be made with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee; the co-chairs should be selected by the deadline date set by the Executive Committee. The President-Elect shall be an ex-officio member of the Program Committee. In case of the disability or incapacity of the Past-President, the President-Elect shall perform the duties of that office until the end of the Past-President's term in that position.

7. It shall be the duty of the Secretary-Treasurer to keep the records of all meetings of the Division, to issue calls and notices of meetings, to have custody of all funds and property of the Division, to collect any special dues that may be voted in accordance with Article VIII of these Bylaws, to make disbursements as authorized by majority vote of the Division Executive Committee, and to perform such other duties as are specified elsewhere in these Bylaws. The Secretary-Treasurer shall propose to the Executive Committee a budget for the succeeding year, for approval by the Executive Committee. In the third year of the Secretary-Treasurer's term, the Secretary-Treasurer shall instruct the newly elected Secretary-Treasurer in the responsibilities of the office.

8. It shall be the duty of the Representative(s) to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives to.perform the duties and accept the responsibilities specified in Article III of the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association. The Representative(s) shall (co-)chair the Committee on Division 25's Involvement in the American Psychological Association.

9. In the case of a vacancy in the voting membership of the Executive committee resulting from the death, incapacity, resignation, or any other cause, of any of these officers excepting the President and Past-President, the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall, by majority vote, either at a regular or special meeting or through a mail ballot (initiated by the President), except as provided in Section 4 above, elect a Fellow or Member of the Division to serve in the position until the vacancy can be filled at the next regular Division election. An officer so chosen for a partial term of office may serve a successive full term of office, if elected thereto. Vacancies in the office of President or Past-President shall be handled as described above in Sections 4, 5, and 6.

 

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Article IV. Executive Committee 1. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of all officers of the Division as listed in Article III, Section 1, of these Bylaws. These include the President, the Past-President, the President-Elect, the Secretary-Treasurer, the Division Representative(s) to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives, and the three members-at-large. These persons are the voting members of the Executive Committee, with the exception of the person chairing the meeting, who may vote only to break a tie (see Article VI). In addition, the Division's Program Committee Co-Chairs, the Editor of the Division Newsletter, and the President of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Inc., shall serve as non-voting members of and advisers to the Executive Committee. In the event that they happen to be elected (voting) members of the Executive Committee, the term of elected office shall be as prescribed elsewhere in these Bylaws. When serving in the non-voting capacity, the duration of their participation in the Executive Committee shall not be limited by these Bylaws.

2. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Division. All actions of the Division Executive committee that are of a continuing nature may be presented for approval to the membership. Such ratification of Executive Committee actions will be by a majority vote of the members voting by mail ballots. These ratifying mail ballots may be initiated by a majority of the Executive Committee by the President or by written petition of 15 members of the Division.

3. The President shall be Chair of the Executive Committee, and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Division shall be Secretary of the Executive Committee.

4. The Executive Committee shall, by majority vote, establish rules regarding reimbursement of its members for expenses of attending Executive Committee meetings.

5. Between meetings of the Executive Committee, the President may authorize unbudgeted expenditures up to $50 per committee or activity; or, up to $200 per committee or activity, with the consent of the Secretary-Treasurer. Single expenditures over $200 must be authorized at an in-person meeting of the Executive Committee or by a majority vote of the executive committee obtained by telephone, the meeting or telephone calls initiated by the Secretary-Treasurer.

 

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Article V. Nominations and Elections 1. The officers of the Division shall be elected, according to a preferential voting system, by the Fellows and Members of the Division by mail ballot, except that the Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected by a majority vote of the Division Executive Committee at its mid-year meeting one year prior to the start of the Secretary-Treasurer's term.

2. At least two nominees for each vacant office shall be provided by nomination ballots distributed to Members and Fellows by the Nomination Committee. The nomination ballots, when returned by the Fellows and Members, shall be sent to the Chair of the Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee will. count the nomination ballots and use this information in preparing list of nominees for available Division offices, as provided in this Article. In the event that fewer. than the required number of nominees are obtained as a result of the nomination ballots, the Nomination Committee shall select additional nominees as necessary.

3. After counting the nomination ballots, the Nomination Committee, through its Chair, shall transmit the results to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Division, and, as described below in Section 4, to the Elections Committee of the American Psychological Association for inclusion in the election ballot (in accordance with Article IX, Section 2, of the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association).

4. Additional nominees may be provided by a petition signed by at least 1% of  the Members and Fellows.

5. The President-Elect, President, Past-President, Members-at-Large, and Secretary-Treasurer shall assume office on January 1 of the year following their election; Division Representatives to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives shall assume office after the close of the second session of the Council meeting following their election. The Officers of the Division will hold office until their successors are elected and accept office in their stead.

 

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Article VI. Meetings 1. There shall be at least one meeting annually of the Division. It shall take place during the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, or at such other time and place as the membership shall have decided by majority vote at the preceding annual meeting. There may be additional meetings of the Division if the membership so decides at any annual meeting.

2. There shall be at least one meeting annually of the Division Executive Committee. It shall take place at such time and place as the Executive Committee shall have decided by majority vote at its preceding annual meeting. There may be additional meetings of the Executive Committee if its membership decides so by majority vote. This vote may be taken at a meeting or by any officer through mail or phone.

3. The purposes of divisional meetings shall be the presentation of scientific research papers, the transaction of business, and the discussion of such other matters as may come before the division.

4. All members of the American Psychological Association and Affiliates of the Division shall be eligible to present papers at the annual meeting. Persons who are not members of the American Psychological Association shall be eligible to present papers provided they are sponsored by a member of the Division. The Executive Committee, upon approval of the membership at an annual meeting, may specify classes of persons other than members who shall be eligible to present papers, and the Program Committee shall have the right to invite persons, whether members or not, to present papers in the general areas of interest of the members.

5. The Division shall seek to coordinate its program with, and participate in, the program of the American Psychological ,Association, but the Division, through its Program Committee, shall  make arrangements that are of interest to Division Members.

6. A quorum at the annual business meeting shall consist of not fewer than fifteen Fellows and Members of the Division present.

7. A quorum of the Executive Committee shall consist of a majority of the voting members, as defined in Article IV, Section 1, of these Bylaws. Decisions by the Executive Committee will be determined by a simple majority vote of voting members present; the presiding officer may vote to break a tie. Voting by mail ballot or telephone call may be conducted between scheduled meetings of the Executive Committee. Such ballots shall be initiated by the President.

 

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Article VII. Committees 1. The committees of the Division shall consist of such standing committees as may be provided by these Bylaws and such special committees as may be established by majority vote of the members of the Division Executive Committee, in accordance with Article V, Section 7, of the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association. With the consent of the Executive Committee, a special committee may be established and its Chair appointed by the President, for a specific and limited purpose and for a specified term. Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws or by action of the Executive Committee, Chairs of standing committees and special committees may select the members of their committees, subject to the approval of the President. When the Chair of a committee becomes vacant, the balance of the term shall be filled by the same procedure as that prescribed for regular appointment of committee Chairs. Any appointee may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee.

2. The Membership Committee shall consist of one member of the Division Executive Committee designated by the President to act as Chair of the Membership Committee, and one Fellow of the Division nominated by the President with the advice and consent of a majority of the Division Executive Committee, designated to act as chair of the Fellows Subcommittee of the Membership Committee. It shall be the duty of the Membership Committee to receive applications for membership, to examine the credentials submitted, and to make recommendations, accompanied by the data regarding the applicants, to the Division Executive Committee in accordance with the requirements set forth in Article II of these Bylaws. The Membership Committee shall bill Affiliates for Division dues. The Fellows Subcommittee of the Membership Committee shall examine the qualifications of Members to become Fellows of the Division and shall recommend to the Division Executive Committee those Members who meet the Fellowship requirements together with Fellowship designation, as provided for in Article II, Section I, of these Bylaws. The Fellows Subcommittee members shall all be Fellows of this Division.

3. The Program Committee shall be co-chaired by two Fellows, Members, or Affiliate Members appointed by the President-Elect in the previous year, as provided in Article III, Section 6, of these Bylaws. One of the Co-Chairs should be identified primarily with the basic analysis of behavior, and the other primarily with applied behavior analysis. At least one of the Co-Chairs shall attend the American Psychological Association convention in the year prior to the year for which the Co-Chairs are responsible. If neither Co-Chair can attend, the President shall appoint a temporary substitute from the membership of the Program Committee. Membership of the Program Committee shall consist of the President-Elect of the Division ex-officio, the current year's Program Committee Co-Chairs, one elected or non-voting member of the Executive Committee, the next year's program Co-Chairs and other Fellows, Members, Associates, or Affiliates of the Division as needed. It shall be the duty of the Program Committee to make arrangements for the program of the annual meeting and any other meetings of the Division voted in accordance with the provision of Article VI of these Bylaws.

4. The Nomination Committee shall consist of a voting or non-voting member of the Executive Committee, appointed by the President to serve as Chair, and two additional Fellows or Members of the Division. It shall be the duty of the Nomination Committee to supervise and conduct the nomination and election process for the Division, in accordance with the procedures of the American Psychological Association, and as described in Article V of these Bylaws.

5. The Awards Committee shall consist of a member of the Executive Committee, appointed by the President to serve as Chair, and four additional Fellows, Members, or Affiliates of the Division. The Committee members shall represent at least three different institutions, and shall represent the basic and applied interests of the Division; they shall serve for staggered three-year terms. At the time of their appointment, the Committee members must agree to attend the American psychological Association conventions held during their tenure on the committee, so as to participate in the selection of award recipients. It shall be the duty of the Awards Committee to administer the nomination and award process of all awards offered by the Division.

6. The Committee on Division 25's Involvement in the American Psychological Association shall be (co-)chaired by the Division's Representative(s) to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives, and shall consist of the chair(s) and at least two additional Fellows or Members of the Division. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Division 25's Involvement in the American Psychological Association to make recommendations to the Executive Committee for Division programs and activities that will be likely to increase the Division's participation on, and involvement in, American Psychological Association Boards, Committees, and other related activities that touch on the interests of this Division.

7. The Committee on Careers and Employment shall consist of a Fellow or Member of the Division, appointed by the President to serve as Chair, and three additional Fellows, Members, or Affiliates of the Division. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Careers and Employment to examine employability and careers open to behavior analysts, and to take a proactive approach to the unique issues relevant to the experimental analysis of behavior and to applied behavior analysis, within the general context of the purposes of the Division.

8. The Committee on Bylaws shall be chaired by the Past-President of the Division, and shall consist of that individual and two other Fellows or Members of the Division. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Bylaws to review the Division Bylaws and to recommend to the Executive Committee any needed changes.

 

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Article VIII. Dues 1. Changes in annual dues and assessments of any special dues shall be recommended by majority vote of the Division Executive Committee and shall be decided by a majority vote of those Fellows and Members voting at an annual meeting or by mail ballot of the members.

2. Each member is billed for membership dues by the American Psychological Association, and Division membership dues are paid to the Division by the Association out of the member's annual payment to the Association. Dues for Affiliate Members, Student Affiliates, and Corporate Affiliates, as well as for those Members and Affiliates living outside the U.S. and Canada, shall be established by majority vote of the Executive Committee.

3. Affiliates are billed for Division dues by the Membership Committee.

 

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Article IX. Amendments 1. These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Fellows and Members voting by mail ballot.