Article I – Name
The name of this organization shall be The Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis. It shall be chartered and exist as a non-profit corporation in and under the laws of the State of Alabama.
Article II – Purpose
The purpose of the organization shall be to promote the analytical science of behavior and its associated technologies within the State of Alabama. Specifically, the organization shall:
- Serve as a scientific and professional reference group for all in the State of Alabama who identify themselves as scientists or practitioners in disciplines which embrace the principles and practices of behavior analysis.
- Promote research that will advance understanding of both human and animal behavior.
- Identify and promote the use of effective and humane behavioral procedures in meeting the educational and habilitative needs of both normal and developmentally disabled person within the State of Alabama.
- Advise political, legislative, and policy-making bodies with respect to all matters pertaining to behavior analysis in the State of Alabama.
- Organize and sponsor an annual convention which shall serve as a forum for presentation of scientific and technological achievements as well as discussion of the affairs of the organization.
- Publish and distribute an official Bulletin devoted to dissemination of scientific and technological achievements within the scope of behavior analysis and to matters of interest to the membership.
Article III – Membership
- Categories of Membership.Membership is open to all persons interested in or actively engaged in teaching, research, and/or application of the principles and procedures of behavior analysis. Membership is not restricted to residents of the State of Alabama. Membership shall be in one of four classes:
- Professional Member:
Any individual holding a terminal degree in a discipline directly related to or involving behavior analysis and whose full-time professional commitment includes teaching, research and/or practice in behavior analysis may apply for membership in this category.
- Full Member:
Any individual engaged on a full-time basis in any profession or vocation that utilizes the principles or procedures of behavior analysis.
- Affiliate Member:
Any member evidencing interest in the discipline of behavior analysis, but lacking formal training therein, may apply for this class of membership. Affiliate members will enjoy all benefits except for the right to vote on matters of interest to the organization and the right to hold office.
- Student Member:
Any individual pursuing formal training in the discipline of behavior analysis but not yet gainfully employed therein on at least a half-time basis may apply for membership in this category. Such application must be accompanied by an endorsement of a Full member certifying the applicant’s student status. Student members may neither vote nor hold office.
- Professional Member:
- Good Standing.
To remain a member in good standing, an individual must be no more than 9 months in arrears with respect to Association dues and assessments and must have attended at least on of the most recent three conventions.
Each Full and Professional member shall be entitled to one vote on all matters brought before the Association. There shall be no proxy voting.
- Application for Membership.
Persons desiring to apply for membership in the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis shall submit a completed application form, together with such endorsements, recommendations and any application fee that may be required. The Association shall evaluate the application and inform the applicant of its actions.
Articles IV – Officers
The officers of the Association shall be the President, the President-Elect, and the Past-President.
- Terms of Office.
The term of office of the President shall be one year to commence at the conclusion of the meeting presided over by the current President who shall then assume office of Past-President. The President and Past-President shall not be eligible for nomination for the office of President-Elect.
The duties of the Officers shall be specified in the By-Laws.
In the event of death, incapacity, or resignation of any of these officers, the Executive Committee shall, by majority vote, elect a successor to serve until the next annual meeting of the Association.
Article V – Executive Committee
There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the President, President-Elect, the Past-President, and four members-at-large elected staggered three-year terms. None of the officers shall serve simultaneously as member-at-large of the Executive Committee, however, the Past-President may stand for election to the Executive Committee for a term commencing at the termination of the Past-Presidency. The Executive Committee may appoint an Executive Director who will carry out duties assigned by the Executive Committee.
The Chairpersons of the Membership Committee, the Publication Committee, the Legislative Liaison Committee, the Program Committee, and the Convention Committee shall be non-voting affiliates of the Executive Committee. Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude a committee chairperson for simultaneously holding membership on the Executive Committee, either as an Officer of the Association or as a member-at-large.
The Executive Committee shall have at least four annual meetings, one of which shall occur at the time and location of the Annual Convention. It shall meet at such other times and locations as deemed necessary by the President. A meeting of the Executive Committee may also be called by action of three members of the Committee who shall notify the remaining members at least two weeks in advance of the proposed meeting.
For purposes of transacting business of the Association, a quorum shall consist of four members of the Executive Committee.
- Removal and Replacement.
Members of the Executive Committee who fail to maintain membership in good standing in the Association or who fail to attend three consecutive meetings of the Executive Committee are subject to removal by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Committee. A tie-vote shall be construed as affirmation for removal. Positions vacated for any reason shall be replaced by a majority vote of the remaining members, such successors to serve until elections occur at the Annual Meeting of the Association.
Article VI – Nominations and Elections
Each year, the President or his or her designee shall mail to all Full and Professional Members a nomination ballot for President-Elect and for the number of At Large members of the Executive Committee necessary to complete the voting membership of the Executive Committee. For each office that appears on the nominating ballot, each Full and Professional Member may propose up to four names and may nominate the same person for more than one office.The President and/or person designated by the President, shall count the ballots and shall ask those nominees receiving the largest number of votes for each office if they are willing to stand for election, and shall proceed through the list in the order of vote count until at least two candidates for each office have been obtained. No one may hold two offices at the same time, so if a voting member received enough nomination votes for two offices, the President shall request that the individual choose the office for which he or she wishes to be a candidate.
After the list of candidates has been determined, the President shall send to all Full and Professional Members whose membership dues are paid a ballot for all matters to be voted upon, together with a statement on which the names of the candidates for each office are listed in alphabetical order with a brief biographical description of each nominee.
Members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at an election.
Officers and members of the Executive Committee shall assume office on the first day after the close of the annual meeting at which their election took place. Officers shall hold office until their elected successors assume office in their stead.
Article VII – Meetings
- Annual Business Meeting.
There shall be at least one annual business meeting of the Association. This meeting shall be held in conjunction with the Annual Convention of the Association except in the event that no Annual Convention is held. In this case, the business meeting shall be held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of such other group or Association as shall be designated by the Executive Committee. Notice of the annual business meeting of the Association shall be given to all members in good standing not less than three months prior to the scheduled date.
A quorum at the annual business meeting shall consist of not less than twenty members in good standing present and voting.
Article VIII – Committees
The Committees of the Association shall consist of such standing committees as may be provided by these By-Laws and such special committees as may be established by vote of the Executive Committee.
The Membership Committee shall consist of a chair appointed by the President, who shall appoint at least two additional members with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. The Chairperson of the Membership Committee shall be a Full or Professional member in good standing and shall serve a one-year term, which shall be renewable without limit at the pleasure of the President. With the exception of the Chairperson, membership on the Membership Committee is not limited by category of membership.
The Program Committee shall consist of at least two members appointed to one-year terms by the President with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. The primary duty of the Continuing Education Committee shall be organization and management of the Association’s Annual Convention. The Chairperson on the Continuing Education Committee shall recommend to the President appointment of members to such sub-committees as are deemed appropriate. The President shall so appoint with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.
The Publications committee shall consist of at least two members appointed by the President for one-year terms, renewable without limit. The duties of the Publications Committee shall be to edit, publish, and distribute such other items as shall be designated by the Executive Committee. The budget of the Publications Committee shall be submitted prior to the annual meeting of the Executive Committee and shall be reviewed and approved at that time. Amendments to the budget of the Publications Committee may be submitted to the Executive Committee at any time through the President. The President shall convene a meeting of the Executive Committee or shall poll the Committee. In either case, a three-fifths majority of the Executive Committee shall be required for approval of budget amendments.
- Legislative Liaison.
The Legislative Liaison Committee shall consist of one member appointed by the President for a one-year term, renewable without limit.
Article IX – Dues
Dues for the various categories of membership shall be established by a simple majority vote of the Executive Committee. This action can be rescinded by a three-fifths majority vote of those present and voting at the Annual Business Meeting of the Association. In this case the Executive Committee shall propose an alternate schedule of dues for approval by simple majority of those present and voting.
Dues shall be payable in the time and manner prescribed by the Executive Committee and published to the membership at large at least six months prior to the due date.
Any member who shall have failed to remit dues will, 90 days thereafter, be declared in arrears. That member shall be subject to suspension of privileges of membership in the Association, including, but not limited to, receipt of the Newsletter, eligibility for election to Association Office, and Participation in the Annual Convention.
Article X – Amendments
This Constitution and By-Laws may be amended only by two-thirds vote of the members voting. Amendments may be proposed by simple majority vote of the Executive Committee.