The Iowa Sociological Association Constitution
Article I Name
This organization shall be known as the Iowa Sociological
Article II Purpose
The purpose of the Iowa Sociological Association shall
be to meet particular and important needs of undergraduate sociology students,
graduate sociology students, and sociology instructors in Iowa that are not
being met through existing organizations.
Section 1 With respect to undergraduate majors in sociology,
the Iowa Sociological Association aims specifically to:
a. Broaden the professional knowledge and experience
of students by such means as providing for an interchange of ideas among students
and instructors of various Iowa institutions.
b. Acquaint the students with the range of occupational opportunities available
to majors with a bachelor’s degree.
c. Provide undergraduate majors with information about
for graduate work in sociology in Iowa, including the requirements for advanced
work, its desirability, and the kinds of, graduate programs in force at Iowa
Section 2 With respect to graduate students the Iowa
Sociological Association aims to:
Provide for an interchange of ideas among graduate students and between
graduate students and professional sociologists in Iowa.
b. Acquaint graduate students with the opportunities
for professional employment.
Section 3 With respect to the sociology instructors,
the Iowa Sociological Association aims to:
a. Improve the teaching of sociology in Iowa by such
means as providing a suitable and stimulating setting for topical and pedagogical
discussions among colleagues, providing an opportunity to learn from experts
in a specialty area of sociology, and acquainting the instructors with the sociology
curricula in various Iowa institutions.
b. Assist Iowa sociology instructors with the placement
of their undergraduate sociology majors by such means as providing information
about the employment opportunities and opportunities for graduate study in sociology
c. Assist in recruiting teaching staff for Iowa institutions.
Article III Membership
Section 1 The following categories of persons shall be
eligible for membership in the Association:
a. Undergraduate students with a major or strong minor
in sociology in any college or university in Iowa.
b. Graduate students with a major or strong minor in
sociology in any college or university in Iowa.
c. Faculty members in any Iowa college or university
whose teaching, research, or administrative duties, separately or combined,
are primarily in the field of sociology.
d. Students and faculty of Iowa colleges and universities
who have an interest in the program of the Association may become members.
Section 2 Members of the Association shall have full
voting and other privileges and responsibilities; however, in the interest of
continuity, undergraduate and graduate students may not hold office, except
as specified in Article V of the By-Laws.
Article IV Officers
Section 1 The officers shall include a President, President-Elect,
and Secretary-Treasurer. Their duties shall be the usual ones of such offices,
and any specific duties assigned to them in the By-Laws.
Section 2 The Executive Committee shall consist of the
Past-President, President, President-Elect, and Secretary-Treasurer. This Committee
shall manage the affairs of the Association.
Section 3 The Iowa Representative of the Midwest Sociological
Society shall be invited to be an ex officio member of the Executive Committee.
Article V By-Laws
Section 1 This Association shall, by the enactment of
suitable By-Laws, provide for:
a. The qualifications, method of election, and specific duties of officers.
b. The conduct of its meetings.
c. The determination of the need for dues and methods
for assessing them.
d. Such other activities it may wish to regulate in this manner.
e. The definition of active members.
Section 2 By-Laws may be enacted, amended, or repealed at any regular meeting
of the Association by a majority vote of those active members present, or by
a majority of the active members responding to a mailed ballot.
Article VI Amendments
Section 1 Amendments to this Constitution shall be proposed
in writing to all active members of the Association at least 30 days before
the annual meeting. Amendments must be approved by two-thirds of the active
members who designate their approval in person at a regular meeting or in writing
to the Secretary-Treasurer, no later than the date of the regular meeting at
which the amendment is voted on.
Article VII Adoption of the Constitution
Section 1 This Constitution shall be adopted by a two-thirds
vote of those present at the meeting at which it is proposed; or, at the discretion
of the temporary committee for drafting a constitution elected at Iowa City
in 1960, by a two-thirds vote of such individuals who have indicated a willingness
to become members of the Association.
Section 2 Charter members in all types of membership
shall include all who join the Association within the year following the adoption
of the Constitution.
Article I Elections
Section 1 The Nominating Committee shall consist of the incumbent Executive
Section 2 Nominations for new officers may be made by
the Nominating Committee from a list of those eligible under Article III, Section
2 of the Constitution.
Section 3 Nominations may also be made by any active
member at the meeting at which elections take place.
Section 4 The election of officers shall be held at the initial meeting of the
Association and annually thereafter at the major program meeting of the Association.
Article II Membership
Section 1 Persons eligible for membership in the Association may become active
members by attending a regular meeting of the Association or by written application
to the Secretary-Treasurer.
Section 2 Non-sociologists may become members only by
written application to the Secretary-Treasurer.
Section 3 There shall be no membership dues.
Article III Program
Section 1 At least one regular meeting of the Association,
with a program consistent with its purpose, shall be held annually.
Section 2 A Program Committee consisting of the President-Elect and at least
two other members of the Association appointed by this officer shall plan the
program of the Association and arrange for meeting places.
Section 3 The Secretary-Treasurer shall provide all members
with notice of the time and place of meetings and inform them of Association
Section 4 A registration fee, determined by the Executive
Committee, may be charged members who attend a regular meeting. This money may
be used to defray the expenses of the Association.
Article IV Awards
Section 1 The Association shall establish a cash award’
named for an eminent sociologist connected with Iowa by birth, education, or
work. The name of the award shall be designated by a majority of the active
members at a regular meeting. The name may be changed by this procedure.
Section 2 The winner of the cash award shall be the author(s)
of the best student paper on the program of the annual meeting. Authors of other
outstanding student papers shall receive honorable mention.
Section 3 The Chair of an Award Committee shall be appointed
by the Executive Committee at least six months prior to the meeting at which
the papers will be presented. The Chair shall appoint two other active members
to collaborate in-the selection of the student papers for the program of the
annual meeting and in the selection of the winner(s) of the award and of the
honorable mention citation.
Article V Student Representatives
Section I The President and President-Elect shall each
appoint an active student member to serve as a consultant and assistant in carrying
out the duties of their respective offices.
Article VI Affiliations
Section 1 The Association may affiliate with any other
organization which promotes the purposes of the Association and is compatible
with this Constitution and By- Laws.
Section 2 Affiliation with another organization shall be affected in the same
manner as an amendment to the Constitution. See Article VI, Section One.
-This revision of the 1960 Constitution and By-Laws approved
at the Annual Meeting, Central College, Pella, Iowa, April 7, 1979.
Copies of the original constitution can be obtained by contacting either the ISA
secretary/treasurer or current president or president-elect.