of this Association shall be the "North Carolina Section of the American
Association of Physics Teachers." It may, in all its activities, be
referred to as the "NCS-AAPT."
of the Association shall be to advance the teaching of Physics, to further
the appreciation of the role of physics in our culture, and to enhance
effective communication among those concerned with the teaching of physics
at all levels. These objectives shall be carried out exclusively for
educational and scientific purposes.
shall consist of four classes: regular members, student members, emeritus
members, and honorary members.
- Regular members shall be teachers of physics or physical science
at the university, college, high school, or junior high school level,
and any other persons whose membership would, in the opinion of the
Council, expressed by a vote, further the objectives of the Association.
members shall be students currently enrolled in an educational institution
who have completed at least a one-year physics course or the equivalent.
- A person
who has been a member of this Association or its predecessor (SACS-AAPT)
prior to his or her retirement shall, at retirement, become an emeritus
member upon the member's request to the Council.
Council may by special action, designate other persons as emeritus
or honorary members. Emeritus and honorary members shall enjoy all
the privileges of regular membership and shall pay no dues.
The officers of the Association shall be a President, a President-elect,
an Immediate Past President, a Vice-President, and a Secretary-Treasurer.
- The President shall be responsible for the business of the Association
and shall preside at meetings of the Council and other business meetings
of the officers and of the Association as may be determined by the
President or the Council. The President shall have the power to appoint
committees and replacement Council members as described in Articles
VI and VII. The President authorizes all disbursals of funds. The
President shall hold office from May 1st following the annual spring
meeting until April 30th following the next annual spring meeting,
and then shall succeed to the office of Immediate Past President.
- The President-elect shall assume the duties of program chair, or
co-chair in the case of joint meetings, for all meetings. The President-Elect
shall have other duties as may be determined by the Council. The President-elect
shall hold office from May 1st following the annual spring meeting
until April 30th following the next annual spring meeting, and shall
then succeed to the office of President.
- The Immediate Past President shall be the official representative
of the NCS-AAPT to all societies designated by the Council. The
Immediate Past President will serve as the chair of the Nominating
Committee, and have other duties as may be determined by the Council.
- The Vice-President shall assist the President-elect in the role
as program chair and serve as apprentice to both the President and
President-elect and have other duties as may be determined by the
Council. The Vice-President shall hold office from May 1st following
election at the annual spring meeting until April 30th following the
next annual spring meeting, and then shall succeed to the office of
- The Secretary-Treasurer shall have the duties ordinarily associated
with that office. In particular, the Secretary-Treasurer shall keep
all records of the Association, be responsible for communicating with
Association members in a timely fashion about the programs of the
Association, collecting annual dues from the members, keeping an up-to-date
membership list, disbursing funds in payment of the expenses incurred
necessary for conducting the Association's business, and presenting
a report on the financial status of the Association at each regular
meeting of the Association. The Secretary-Treasurer shall take office
May 1st following election at the annual spring meeting and shall
serve a four-year term. The Secretary-Treasurer may serve more than
one consecutive term.
V: SECTION REPRESENTATIVE
North Carolina Section Representative to the Council of the American
Association of Physics Teachers shall be responsible for representing
the North Carolina Section at all national meetings, communicating AAPT
information to the North Carolina Section and other duties as determined
by the Section Council.
Section Representative will also chair the Awards Committee.
If the Section Representative is unable to attend a scheduled section
representatives meeting of the AAPT, he or she shall secure an alternate.
The Section Representative shall notify the AAPT Secretary in writing
of the change in representation prior to the meeting. The Section Representative
shall take office on May 1st following election at the annual spring
meeting and shall serve a four-year term. The Section Representative
may serve more than one consecutive term. The Section Representative
and his or her alternate must be a member of the national AAPT.
Association shall be governed by a Council consisting of the officers,
the Section Representative, and three elected Members-at-Large. Members-at-Large
shall take office at the close of the annual spring meeting following
election and shall serve three-year terms, with the terms staggered
so that one Member-at-Large is elected each year. The three Members-at-Large
shall include one elected representative from each of the following
three groups: universities and four-year colleges, two-year colleges,
and pre-college schools.
any officer or Council member is, for any reason, unable or unwilling
to fulfill the constitutional duties prescribed, then the Council shall
have the power to declare a vacancy and to fill the vacancy. Such action
shall require approval by two-thirds of the Council members. In temporary
situations wherein an officer or Council member is not able to fulfill
his or her duties then the President shall be responsible for naming
a suitable temporary replacement.
A quorum shall be a majority of the Council.
shall be two standing committees: a Nominating Committee and an Awards
Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the Immediate Past President,
and include committee members representing the three groups (universities
and four-year colleges, two-year colleges, and pre-college schools)
mentioned in Article VI appointed by the President and approved by the
Council. The Nominating Committee shall be provided the results of the
Secretary-Treasurer's "Call for Nominations" and using this information
and their own resources present a slate of candidates to the Secretary-Treasurer
for the positions that become vacant at the following spring meeting.
The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that the
proposed candidates have agreed to serve if elected. The Secretary Treasurer
will ensure distribution of this information to the membership at least
three months prior to the spring meeting.
The Awards Committee shall be chaired by the Section Representative
and include another Past President with other members chosen by them
and confirmed by the Council.
President, with the consent of the Council, may appoint other committees
of one or more members as he or she may deem desirable to further the
objectives of the Association. Such committees shall cease to exist
no later than the close of the spring meeting.
Members-at-Large of the Council and the Section Representative shall
be elected by a simple majority of the voting members of the Association
present and voting at the time of the annual spring meeting. Candidates
for any position shall be members of the Association, nominated by the
Nominating Committee or directly by voice at the business meeting or
by written petition to the President signed by at least 10 voting members
of the Association prior to the election, but no later than two months
before the election. A plurality of votes ensures election. In case
of a tie, the President shall determine the winner by a chance event.
shall be set by the Section Council to cover the expenses of the Association.
The fiscal year for the Association shall begin on May 1.
shall be an annual fall meeting and an annual spring meeting arranged
by the Council. Notices of the time and place of these meetings shall
be appropriately delivered to all members of the Association. The Council
in consultation with the program chairs shall set an appropriate registration
Association shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color,
national origin, or sex.
XII: NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
- Notwithstanding any other provision of the Constitution, this Association
shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (a)
by an association exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision
of any future United States Internal Revenue law, or (b) by any association
contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any
future United States Internal Revenue law.
- This Association shall continue forever unless a two-thirds majority
of the members voting in a mail ballot conducted in such a manner
as the Council may prescribe shall vote to dissolve the Association.
A proposal to dissolve the Association may be submitted for vote by
the Council at any time. In the event that the Association is dissolved,
the Council, after paying or making provision for payment of all liabilities
of the Association, shall dispose of all assets of the Association
exclusively for the purposes of the Association to such charitable,
educational, or scientific organization or organizations as shall
at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding
provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, except
that in the case of funds granted by an Agency stipulated otherwise,
disposition shall be made in accordance with provisions contained
in the pertinent grant documents.
Constitution may be amended by:
- a two-thirds majority of the membership present and voting at a
business session, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been
given to the members at least two weeks before the meeting, or
- a two-thirds majority of those members voting in a mail ballot conducted
by the Council.
XIV: BY LAWS
may be added to this Constitution if recommended by the Council and
approved by a simple majority of the membership present and voting at
a scheduled Association business meeting.
Adopted by the Section October 28, 1995.
Amended by the Section March 27, 2004, at Meredith College.