Object and Name
The Society has for its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems, and shall be known as The Society for Applied Anthropology.
Section 1. The Society shall consist of Fellows and Sustaining Fellows, Regular Members, Student Members, Joint Members, Emeritus Fellows, and Emeritus Members.
Section 2. Fellows and Sustaining Fellows shall be limited to those who have academic accreditation in the field of anthropology or in related fields, as evidenced by the possession of a Ph.D. degree, and to other professionally qualified persons who have demonstrated competence in research and/or application of behavioral science in contemporary societies. They shall pay stipulated dues, as determined by the Board of Directors, to the Business Office of the Society each year, for which they shall be entitled to receive the regular and special issues of the official publications of the Society. They shall have all other privileges and obligations of full membership in the Society, including the right to hold office and to vote on all issues affecting the composition, the purposes, and the commitments of the Society. Candidates for membership as Fellows of the Society may be proposed in writing by a Fellow of the Society or by nomination by the Board of Directors. Proposals for such membership shall be submitted to and acted upon by the Board of Directors. Majority approval by the Board of Directors shall constitute election to Fellow membership.
Section 3. Regular, Student, and Joint Members shall consist of all persons who pay stipulated dues, as determined by the Board of Directors, to the offices of the Society each year, for which they are entitled to receive the regular issues of the official publications of the Society, and, after the Society receives the second payment of dues, the right to vote on issues concerning the composition, the purposes and the commitments of the Society, and the right to participate in all activities of the Society except holding elective office. The restriction on office holding shall not apply to the student member of the Board of Directors. Applicants for Regular, Student, and Joint Membership shall apply in writing to the offices of the Society and will be accepted upon receipt of the required fee for such membership.
Section 4. Fellows and Members are eligible for Emeritus Status at age 65 or upon retirement, whichever comes later. They shall be granted Emeritus Status upon applying in writing to the offices of the Society.
There shall be an annual Business Meeting of the membership held for the purpose of hearing reports of officers and committees appointed by the President or established in conformity with other provisions of the Bylaws. The members thus assembled shall be charged with the responsibility for taking action on such reports and with transacting other business brought by the Officers or introduced by other Fellows or Members of the Society, or specified in the Bylaws or procedures of the Society.
Officers and Board of Directors
Section 1. Elected Officers of the Society, chosen from among the Fellows, shall be a President; a President-Elect (in alternate years, the immediate Past President) who serves as Vice President; and a Secretary. Officers appointed by the Board of Directors shall be the Treasurer and Editors.
Section 2. The President shall serve for a term of two years and for a subsequent term of one year as Past President and voting member of the Board of Directors. The President-Elect shall serve for a term of one year prior to a two-year term as President. The Secretary and Treasurer shall each serve for a term of three years. Editors ordinarily serve for a term of three years.
Section 3. There shall be a Board of Directors which shall serve as the governing body of the Society. It shall consist of the officers, six members-at-large who shall be Fellows of the Society and who shall be elected by the members for staggered terms of three years, and one Student member who shall be elected by the members for a term of two years. All officers and members shall vote in Board of Directors meetings.
Section 4. Any vacancy among the officers of the Society or other Board of Directors positions shall be filled by appointive action of the Board of Directors for the period intervening between the time of the vacancy and the next business meeting of the Society.
The President shall serve as chairperson of the Board of Directors. The President shall have powers and authorities usually vested in the President of a professional association and shall perform such duties as the Board of Directors may direct.
The Past President and the President-Elect, respectively, shall serve in alternate years as Vice President. In the event of absence or disability of the President, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President at all meetings of the Society and the Board of Directors.
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the business meeting of the members. The Secretary shall oversee Society elections and notify candidates of the outcome. The Secretary shall, in general, have all the powers usually vested in the Secretary of a professional association and shall perform the duties of such office. In the absence of the Secretary, secretarial duties may be discharged by a Secretary pro tempore to be appointed by the Board of Directors.
The Treasurer shall keep the Accounts of the Society and shall collect funds and disburse them under the direction of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall, upon request, render a written statement at any meeting of the Board of Directors showing the financial condition of the Society. The Treasurer shall keep proper books of the accounts showing all sums received by or due to the Society and all sums paid by or due from the society and its other assets and liabilities. The books shall at all times be subject to inspection by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall have such power with respect to signing drafts, checks and other instruments and incurring liabilities as the Board of Directors shall confer.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall have responsibility for the affairs of the Society as delegated by the Members.
The Board of Directors shall meet on call of the President or any two of its members, as often as the interests of the Society may require, and shall meet at least twice a year. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.
It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to select a Program Chairperson and confirm a Program Committee for planning the Annual Meeting program.
The Board of Directors shall have the power to appoint standing or special committees as required.
The Board of Directors shall keep a record of its meetings.
The Board of Directors shall monitor the Society’s Business Office, assuring that the approved policies and procedures are being followed for maintaining the books, for the receipt and expenditure of monies, and for management of other assets and liabilities.
Editors and Subscribers
Section 1. There shall be Editors appointed by the Board of Directors for official publications of the Society. The duration and terms of service shall be negotiated between an Editor-Elect and the Board of Directors. The Editors shall have charge of the respective publications of the Society and shall appoint such associate and advisory editors as they shall see fit to obtain material for publication and otherwise to collaborate in the conduct of the publications. The appointment of associate and advisory editors shall be subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors. Employment of editorial assistants, whether paid or unpaid, shall be subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Institutional and Individual Subscribers to publications shall consist of all organizations or individuals who pay stipulated subscription fees, as determined by the Board of Directors, to the offices of the Society each year, for which they are entitled to receive the regular issues of the publications to which they subscribe but no other benefits of Society membership.
Advisory Council of Past Presidents
Past Presidents of the Society, chaired by the penultimate Past President, shall constitute an advisory council.
Nominations and Elections
Section 1. The election of officers and members of the Board of Directors of the Society shall be coordinated by four Fellows who shall be elected two each year for staggered terms of two years in the manner provided in Section 2. These four Fellows shall constitute the Nominations and Elections Committee and shall submit their report to the Board of Directors and at the Annual Meeting.
Section 2. The Nominations and Elections Committee shall announce, by letter to all Members, a slate of at least two candidates for each vacancy along with an announcement stating that the Nominations and Elections Committee will accept additional nominations, seconded by .5 percent of the Members of the Society as counted at the close of the last fiscal year, for a period of six weeks. To be a candidate, a nominee must affirm in writing a willingness and ability to devote to the affairs of the Society such time as is necessary to the effective execution of the office.
Section 3. Ballots shall be mailed to all Members not less than 60 days before the Fall Board of Directors meeting. Each member in good standing shall be entitled to vote for one candidate for each vacancy. All ballots received at least 30 days prior to the Fall Board of Directors meeting will be tallied by the Nominations and Elections Committee, who will notify the Secretary of the outcome of the elections as soon as it is feasible and who will submit a formal report to the Board of Directors and at the Annual meeting.
The dues for Fellows, Regular Members, Student Members, Joint Members, Sustaining Members, Emeritus Members and Institutional Subscribers shall be set by the Board of Directors.
The dues for a joint membership unit shall be less than those of two separate memberships combined.
The dues of spouses who are both Fellows shall be less than those of two individual Fellows.
Emeritus Members and Emeritus Fellows shall pay reduced dues, not to exceed three quarters of the regular member rate and regular Fellows rate, respectively.
Reinstatement of Fellows
Any Fellow whose dues are a year in arrears shall cease to be a Fellow of the Society but on vote of the Board of Directors may be reinstated.
A quorum for the annual Business Meeting of members shall consist of two percent of the voting membership.
Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by a majority vote of the annual Business Meeting of members. Proposed amendments must be ratified by a majority of members voting by mail ballot.
The fiscal year of the Society shall be determined by the Board of Directors in accordance with efficient accounting procedures.
The Board of Directors shall maintain a current Procedures Manual to specify details of the Society’s management that are not referenced in these Bylaws. In the absence of Bylaws or Procedures Manual instructions for propriety procedures, the Society shall abide by Roberts Rules of Order.