Constitution
Iowa Section
American Association of Physics Teachers

Article I  NAME
	The name of this organization shall be the Iowa Section of the 
American Association of Physics Teachers.


Article II  OBJECTIVES
1. The facilitation of the dissemination of information among all levels of
   physics instruction in the State of Iowa.
2. The improvement of the teaching of physics.
3. The furtherance of appreciation of the role of physics in our culture.


Article III  GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARIES
	The geographical boundaries of the Iowa Section of the AAPT shall be
 	identical with those of the State of Iowa.  The corresponding range
	 of Zip Code numbers is 50001-52809 inclusive.


Article IV  REGULAR MEMBERSHIP
1. Regular membership shall be open to:
	a. Regular and emeritus members of the AAPT residing in Iowa.
	b. Others whose regular membership in the Section, as judged by the
	   Iowa Section Executive Council, will promote its objectives.
2. Application for regular membership shall be sent to the Secretary.
3. Voting and office-holding shall be vested in regular members only.


Article V  STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
1. Student membership shall be open to any student who:
	a. is a registered student in any university or college and
	b. has completed one year of calculus-based general physics or 
	   equivalent and
	c. is interested in the teaching of physics.
2. Applications for member ship shall be sent to the Secretary.  A regular 
   member of the Iowa Section must sign the membership application for the
   student member certifying that the requirements of Section 1 have been 
   fulfilled.


Article VI  OFFICERS
1. The officers of this Section shall be:
	a. President
	b. President-elect
	c. Vice President:  Four-Year Colleges and Universities
	d. Vice President:  Two-Year Colleges
	e. Vice President:  High Schools
	f. Secretary
	g. Treasurer
2. The officers listed in Article VI, Section 1, shall constitute the 
   Executive Council of the Iowa Section of the AAPT.
3. The terms of office for officers of the Section shall begin on the first 
   day of January (following the election at the annual fall meeting).  The 
   person elected as President-elect shall serve one year as President-elect
   and the following year as President.  President-elect shall serve from 
   the following organizations on a rotating basis: four-year 
   college/university, two-year college, and high school.  The terms of each
   of the Vice Presidents shall be one year.  The term of office of the 
   Secretary and of the Treasurer shall each be for three years.  The 
   Secretary shall be elected in those years evenly divisible by 3.  The 
   Treasurer shall be elected in those years which produce a remainder of 
   1 when divided by 3.
4. If a vacancy occurs during the term of office, the following procedures 
   are to be followed:
	a. President:  The President-elect shall assume the duties for the 
	   remainder of the year and will continue in the following year in 
	   the regular term as President.
	b. President-elect:  The position would remain vacant until the 
	   following annual fall meeting at which time a President as well 
	   as a President-elect would be elected.
	c. Vice President:  The President may in consultation with the 
	   Executive Council, appoint a replacement for the remainder of the
	   year.
	d. Secretary:  The President may, in consultation with the Executive
	   Council, appoint a temporary replacement to serve until the 
	   following annual fall meeting.  At that meeting a person shall be
	   elected to finish out the remainder of the three-year term.
	e. Treasurer:  Same as for Secretary as described in Article VI, 
	   section 4d.


Article VII  REPRESENTATIVE TO THE AAPT COUNCIL
1. The representative of the Iowa Section to the AAPT Council shall be 
   elected for a 3-year term by the Executive Council of the Iowa Section 
   from those regular members who are also members of the AAPT.
2. The election shall be held at the annual fall meeting in those years 
   which produce a remainder of 2 when divided by 3.  The term of office 
   shall begin on the first day of January following the election.
3. If the Section Representative cannot attend a meeting of the AAPT Council
   of Section Representatives, The Section Representative, in consultation 
   with the Section President, shall designate a regular member of the Iowa
   Section who is also a member of the national AAPT to represent the Iowa 
   Section at that meeting.  The AAPT Secretary must be notified in writing 
   of the substitute before the meeting.


Article VIII  OUTSTANDING HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS TEACHER SELECTION COMMITTEE
1. There shall be a permanent committee consisting of three regular members
   to select recipient of the Iowa Academy of Science’s Excellence in Science
   Teaching Award in Physics.
2. The members shall be elected for a three year term except at the start
   when one member shall be elected for three years, one for two years and 
   one for one year.  Thereafter, one new member shall be elected each year.
   The newly elected person shall become a member of the committee
   immediately upon election.
3. The Executive Council shall select a chair of the committee on the day of
   the annual fall meeting (between the time of the election of the new 
   member and adjournment of the meeting).


Article IX  NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
1. The President shall appoint a nominating committee at least one month 
   prior to the annual fall meeting.  The nominating committee of the Iowa 
   Section of AAPT shall be a standing committee of the organization.
2. The nominating committee shall be composed of two members elected to 
   staggered two year terms.  These members shall be from institutions of 
   different levels  (i.e., four-year college/university, two-year college,
   high school)  The President of the Iowa Section of the AAPT shall nominate
   a candidate for the open position.
3. The nominating committee of the Iowa Section shall nominate a candidate
   for each open position.  Additional nominations can be made by regular 
   members from the floor.
4. Election of officers shall be held at the annual fall meeting and shall
   be by majority vote of those regular members present at that meeting.


Article X  DUES
1. The annual dues shall be set by the Executive Council.
2. The fiscal year of this organization shall begin January 1 and end 
   December 31.  Dues for a given fiscal year are ordinarily collected at 
   the annual fall meeting preceding the beginning of the fiscal year.
3. Members twelve months in arrears on dues may be dropped from membership.


Article XI  MEETINGS
1. The annual meeting shall be held in the fall of the year at a time and 
   place decided upon by the Executive Council.
2. The Executive Council shall have the power to fix the times and places of
   such other meetings as they believe to be in the best interests of the 
   organization.
3. The Secretary shall notify members of the times and places of the
   meetings at least forty days prior to those meetings.  In the event that 
   one of the meetings is a joint meeting of the Iowa Section of AAPT and 
   the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) the notification sent by the IAS shall
   be sufficient for members of both groups, but Iowa Section AAPT members
   who are not IAS members should receive notification.


Article XII  AMENDMENTS
1. This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of those
   present and voting at the annual fall meeting.
2. Amendments may be initiated by:
	a. The Executive Council
	b. Petition from at least one-tenth of the regular members of the 
           Iowa Section of the AAPT.
3. Any proposed amendment shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary at
   least forty days proper to the annual fall meeting and distributed by 
   the Secretary to the regular membership at least fourteen days prior to 
   that meeting.

approved Oct 30, 1993


by Bill Cox. Iowa Section - AAPT. 1996