Utah Science Teachers Association

Constitution

Utah Science Teachers Association

ARTICLE I

NAME

Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the Utah Science Teachers Association (USTA),

ARTICLE II

MISSION STATEMENT

Section 1: The purpose of the Utah Science Teachers Association shall be the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement, and coordination of science teaching in all fields of science at all education levels.

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Membership is available to those actively engaged in the teaching of science and those interested in science education. 

Section 2: The eligibility and classification of members shall be defined in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE IV

ORGANIZATION AND OFFICERS

Section 1: the Utah Science Teachers Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the elected executive officers, seven regional representatives, and nonvoting appointees as designated in the Bylaws.

Section 2: The powers, duties, and mode of election of executive officers, regional representatives and appointments of non-voting board members shall be prescribed in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE V 

QUORUM

Section 1: A majority of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum of the body.

Section 2: A majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum of that body.

Section 3: One fourth of the membership shall constitute a quorum of that body.

ARTICLE VI 

AMENDMENTS

Section 1: Suggestions for amendments to the constitution may originate in the Board of Directors or may be sent by any member of the Association to the Board. 

Section 2: A proposed amendment, if (a) approved by the Board of Directors of the Utah Science teachers Association, or (b) requested in a petition bearing the signatures of at least twenty Active Members of the Association in good standing, shall be submitted to the membership for adoption or rejection. The method to be used is outlined in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VII

DEFINITIONS

Elementary Schools: A public or private school that includes any combination of grades K-6. 

Middle Level Schools: A public or private school that includes any combination of grades 5-9.

High Schools: A public or private school that includes any combination of grades 9-12. 

Higher Education: A public or private school that includes post high school science instruction.

BYLAWS OF THE UTAH SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I

NAME

Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the Utah Science Teachers Association, 

Section 2: The organization is a state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association.

ARTICLE II

PURPOSES

Section 1: The purpose of the Utah Science Teachers Association shall be the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement and coordination of science teaching in all fields of science at all educational levels.

ARTICLE III 

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Membership shall consist of those actively engaged or interested in the teaching of science. At least ninety percent of the membership shall be actively engaged in teaching in public or private schools, grades kindergarten through university levels, in state of Utah.

Section 2: Emeritus Membership. Any person who has retired as an educator and as an active member of the association may apply for an emeritus membership meaning they will be exempt from the payment of dues. He/she is entitled to attend Association conventions paying the "Member Rate" at his/her own expense, but is excluded from voting in any business session.

Section 3: Honorary Membership. Any person who has retired as an active member of the Association or any person nominated by the Executive Committee and elected by a majority of the members present at the Annual Convention of the Association shall be awarded an honorary life membership. Honorary membership entitles the holder to attend Association conventions at his/her own expense, but excludes him/her from voting in any business session. No dues shall be charged to any honorary members.

Section 4: Student Membership. Any college or university student who is preparing to teach science is eligible. Student membership entitles the holder to attend Association conventions at his/her own expense, and vote in any business session. The dues shall be one-half of the annual dues.

Section 5: Life Membership. Any person who meets the qualification outlined in Section 1 of this Article may purchase a life membership of twenty times the yearly amount charged regular membership dues.  Life membership entitles the holder to attend Association conventions at his/her own expense, and vote in any business session, and to receive all services and publication of the association. A life membership shall be presented to recipients of the "Marv Tolman and Dick Peterson Awards." Association Presidents shall also receive a life membership.

Section 6: Elementary teacher Membership. Any elementary school teacher is eligible. Elementary teacher membership entitles the holder to attend Association conventions at his/her own expense, and vote in any business session. The dues shall be sixty (60%) percent of the annual dues.

Section 7: Secondary/Higher Ed teacher Membership. Any secondary science or higher education teacher is eligible. Secondary/Higher Education teacher membership entitles the holder to attend Association conventions paying the "Member Rate" at his/her own expense. Secondary/Higher Education membership entitles the holder to vote in any business session. 

Section 8: Science Advocates. Any person interested in science education is eligible (e.g. informal education professionals, vendors, and enthusiasts).  Science Advocate membership entitles the holder to attend Association conventions paying the "Member Rate" at his/her own expense. Science Advocate membership entitles the holder to vote in any business session.

ARTICLE IV

GOVERNANCE

Section 1: The executive officers of the Utah Science Teacher Association shall be a President, a president-elect, and an immediate Past President, and Elementary School representative, a Middle Level Representative, a High School Representative, a Charter/Home/Online/Private Representative, and a Higher Education Representative. In addition to theses officers, there shall be seven regional representatives, one from each of the seven USTA regions outlined on the map in appendix A.

Section 2: The fifteen elected officers named in Section 1 of this article shall constitute the Board of Directors.

Section 3: The president, a President-elect, an immediate Past-President, and Elementary School Representative, a Middle Level Representative, a High School Representative, a Charter/Home/Online/Private Representative, and a Higher Education Representative shall constitute the Executive Committee.

Section 4: An Executive Secretary shall be appointed by the Board of Directors. The appointment shall be made annually. Compensation for services shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Since this is an appointed office, the Executive secretary shall be a non-voting member of the Executive Committee and of the Board of Directors.

Section 5: A Historian shall be appointed by the President to serve a term coinciding with that of the President (or two years). Since this is an appointed office, the Historian shall be a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

Section 6: The Utah State Office of Education shall be represented by the Specialist(s) in Science Education. They shall be advisors to and non-voting members of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

Section 7: Only those individuals actively engaged in science education and who are members in good standing of the association shall be eligible for office, or to serve as chairs of standing committee.

ARTICLE V

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1: The nominating Committee shall prepare and present a slate of two or more nominees, for each office in which the term expires during the forthcoming year, to the Board of Directors than three months before the elections. The slate of proposed officers shall be published in the Utah Science Teacher Newsletter that is distributed prior to the Association's convention where voting will occur.

Section 2: The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall see that a ballot is prepared bearing all nominations for office (whether made by the Nominating Committee or by petition). Voting will take place during the Annual Convention of the Association and for thirty minutes thereafter. Only current members of the Association may vote for officers.

 

Section 3: The candidate who receives the highest number of votes for a respective office shall be elected 

Section 4: The newly elected officers shall take office immediately after the close of the Annual Convention of the Association.

Section 5: Vacancies occurring between elections in any office shall be filled by appointment by the President or acting president with approval of the Executive Committee, with the following exception: the office of the President shall be filled by the President-Elect.

ARTICLE VI 

TERMS OF OFFICE

Section 1: After two years as President-Elect, the President-Elect shall ascend to the office of President, serve as President for two years, and then serve two additional years as immediate Past-President.

Section 2: The term of the seven Regional Representatives shall be three years, with their terms staggered so that each year two or three Regional Representatives shall be elected. Elections for Regions I and VI shall take place in years divisible by 3 (2013) and then shall rotate to Regions III, IV, and VII in 2014 and then to Regions II and V in2015.  The procedure shall then be repeated in the order outlined. 

Section 3: The term of the Elementary school Representative, the Middle Level Representative, the High School Representative, and the Higher Education Representative shall be three years, with their terms staggered so that one or two are elected each year. To meet this rotation, the High School and Middle Level Representatives shall be elected the same year as the Region I and VI Representatives (2016), the Elementary School Representative shall be elected the same year as the Region III, IV, and VII Representatives (2017), Charter/Private/Home/Online Representative and the Higher Education Representative the same year as the Region II and V Representatives (2018).

Board Representative

Election years

 

 

 

 

Region I and VI
High School Rep
Middle Level Rep

2016

2019

2022

2025

2028

Region III, IV, VII
Elementary Rep

2017

2020

2023

2026

2029

Region II and V
Higher Ed Rep
Charter/Private/Home/Online Rep

2018

2021

2024

2027

2030

Section 4: No elected officer shall hold the same office for more that two consecutive terms.  An interval of two years shall elapse before a member is again eligible for reelection to the same office. 

Section 5: Executive Officers and Representatives of the Association may be impeached for misfeasance, for malfeasance, or for nonfeasance in office. (a) Impeachment proceedings may be initiated by a written petition submitted to the Executive-Secretary of the Association by a majority of the Board of Directors or by at least twenty percent (20%) of the Active Members of the Association in good standing. (b) If, after a due process hearing, a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors shall sustain the charge, the office shall become vacant.

ARTICLE VII

DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1: Except as otherwise provided in the Bylaws, the duties of the various officers shall be those which are customary for such offices. 

Section 2: The President shall preside at all business sessions and all meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees of the Association and, under the direction of the Board of Directors, shall have general charge of the affairs of the Association.

Section 3: The President-Elect shall perform the duties of the President in her/his absence and shall serve as chair of the Program Committee. 

Section 4: The Past-President shall serve in a general advisory capacity, give direction to innovative practices of the Association, and train new Regional Representatives.

Section 5: The Elementary School, Middle Level, High School, Charter/Home/Online/Private Representative, and Higher Education Representatives shall serve on the Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Association, having the principal assignments of ensuring that college/university personnel, respectively, are given careful and considerate attention in all conventions, programs, publications, proposals, and other activities of the Association. Working in cooperation with Regional Representatives, they shall provide leadership in the recruitment and fellowshipping of their colleagues in the elementary, middle level and high schools and on the college/university campuses.

Section 6: The Board of Directors shall transact the business, plan the overall program for the year, make recommendations regarding proposed amendments to the Bylaws, and devise and carry out measures for the growth and welfare of the organization. This Board shall be the governing body of the Association. 

Section 7: The Executive Committee shall have power to act for the Board of Directors and ratify all appointments.

Section 8: The Executive Secretary shall keep a correct record of the proceedings of the Association, of the Executive Committee, and of the board of Directors and shall send notices of regular and special meetings of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to the members concerned.

The Executive Secretary shall receive all monies of the Association and provide for their safekeeping. He/she shall keep a record of the membership, pay all bills authorized by the President, keep an accurate and current record of all receipts and expenditures of Association funds, and make reports as requested by the President.

Section 9: The Regional Representatives shall be primarily responsible for interpreting, promoting, and executing the purposes and activities of the Association among elementary, secondary, and college teachers of science in their defined regions. They shall also serve on the Board of Directors of the Association. 

Section 10: The Historian shall search out and compile pertinent information about the Association's past activities and shall also prepare a continuing pictorial and narrative record of current Association activities and personnel. He/she shall be a member of the Publicity Committee and may serve as the chair if so designated by the President.

Section 11: An Auditing Committee consisting of three members appointed by the Executive Committee shall audit the financial records annually.

ARTICLE VIII

STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 1: The standing committees shall be: Membership, Program, Awards, Publications, and Publicity. 

Section 2: The President-Elect shall submit to the Executive Committee her/his selection of members of the various standing committees whom he/she wishes to have serve during the years in which he/she shall be President. Such members shall, upon approval by the Executive Committee, serve during the term of office of the President who appointed them or her/his successor during such term.

Section 3: It shall be the duty of the Program Committee to initiate and implement well coordinated programs in line with the purposes of the organization. The President-Elect shall serve as the Chair of the Program Committee. 

Section 4: It shall be the duty of the Membership Committee to promote, expand, and stabilize the membership of the organization and keep an accurate list of all members.

Section 5: It shall be the duty of the Awards Committee to nominate candidates for the "Utah Science Educator Award" and any other Association awards and present their names to the Board of Directors 2 months before the Annual Convention. The award citation(s) shall be written by the Awards Committee, or by their designee. The Awards Committee shall consist of the President, the State Science Education Specialist(s), a Representative (Elementary, Middle Level, High School , Charter/Home/Online/Private, or Higher Education) on the Executive Committee, and a Regional Representative from Region I shall serve on the Committee for the elections taking place in years divisible by 7, and the assignment shall rotate each year, in the order I (2016), II (2017), III (2018), IV(2019), V(2020), VI (2021), VII (2022).

Section 6: It shall be the duty of the Publications Committee to edit and publish the newsletter of the Association and to arrange for the publication of such other material as may be directed by the Executive Committee. 

Section 7: It shall be the duty of the Publicity Committee to promote the purposes and objectives of the Association through the news media, radio, television, and other forms of communication. The Historian of the Association shall be a member of this committee and may serve as the chair if so designated by the President.

ARTICLE IX

AD HOC COMMITTEES

Section l: The Nominating Committee (see Article V, Section 1 and 2), which shall be appointed by the President, shall consist of three or more Active Members who are not officers as defined in Article IV, Section 1 of these Bylaws. 

Section 2: The President shall appoint such committees not provided for in the Constitution or Bylaws, as may be necessary to facilitate the management of the Association. All committee appointments shall be made for a term coincident with the President unless otherwise provided in the Constitution or Bylaws.

Section 3: The President may appoint one or more representatives of the Association to serve with any group, board, committee, council, congress, or convocation when the interests of the Association demand. He/she may negotiate agreements (consistent with the Constitution of these Bylaws) with institutions, individuals, or other societies, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

ARTIVLE X 

COMMITTEES -TERMS OF OFFICE AND REPORTS

Section l: The term of appointment to the standing committees may be renewed for a maximum of three years.

Section 2: The membership of all committees shall be announced in an Association publication as soon as possible after the appointment. 

Section 3: Appropriate officers, the Chairs off all standing committees and others as directed by the President, shall report in writing to the President one month prior to the Annual Convention unless otherwise ordered by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may require such interim reports as are deemed desirable.

ARTICLE XI

PUBLICATIONS

Section 1: The official journal shall be the Utah Science Teacher of which the Publications Chair, or her/his designee, shall be Editor. 

Section 2: The Association may sponsor other publications approved by the Executive Committee.

Section 3: Any committee of the Association may publish a report or a series of reports approved by the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE XII 

AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS

Section 1: Any active local, state, regional association, or academy the fifteen or more teachers of science may become an Affiliate Organization of the Association by fulfilling the following requirements.

(a) The organization shall make a formal application to the Executive Committee for Affiliate Membership. A copy of the constitution of the group making application, a membership list, and a summary of the program or the annual report for the two preceding years shall accompany the letter of application.

(b) Twenty-five percent or fifteen members, whichever is the greater, of an Affiliate Organization shall be Active Members of the Association. 

(c) Following favorable vote of three-fourths of the members of the Board of Directors and on receipt of the Certificate of Affiliation, the Affiliate Organization may appoint an observer to the Executive Committee.

(d) Each Affiliate Organization shall submit its membership list to the Executive Committee each year between January 1 and January 31. 

Section 2: The Association also welcomes the opportunity to work with emerging groups that are interested in the advancement of science education and will assist them in their efforts to organize and to facilitate their own programs, as long as the objectives of the Association and the merging group are mutually supportive. As this cooperative relationship progresses, the group may become an affiliate of the Association by meeting the criteria outlined in Section 1 above.

ARTICLE XIII

MEETINGS

Section 1: The Utah Science Teachers Association will hold an Annual Convention for all members. 

Section 2: Additional special meetings may be scheduled by the Board of Directors if a need arises.

ARTICLE XIV

DUES

Section 1: Dues for membership shall be established by the Board of directors with the approval of the majority of the members present at the Annual Convention.

Section 2: Annual dues will cover membership for the calendar year(s) in which they are paid. One year, three year and lifetime memberships are available. 

Section 3: The Board of Directors will conduct an annual membership drive between July 1 and October 31 of each year.

ARTICLE XV

FISCAL YEAR

Section 1: The fiscal year of this organization shall end as of the thirty-first of December of each year.

ARTICLE XVI

AMENDMENTS

Section 1: An amendment to these Bylaws if (a) approved by the Board of Directors or (b) requested in a petition bearing the signatures of at least twenty Active Members of the Association in good standing, may be effected by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular convention, provided a copy of the proposed amendment shall have been sent to every member at least ten days before it is voted upon.

Section 2: These Bylaws may be amended at any convention without previous notice by a two-thirds vote of the total membership.

ARTICLE XVII

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Section 1: In all questions of Parliamentary Law not covered by the constitution and Bylaws, Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall prevail.

USTA Constitution and Bylaws were last modified and ratified by majority member vote on February 2014

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