Constitution



Article I
Affiliation and Name

This association is the Arkansas Unit of the Association of Teacher Educators; a non-profit organization-and shall hereinafter be called the Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators (ArATE).

Article II
Purposes

Section 1. This organization shall serve as a State Unit of the Association of Teacher Educators and as such shall work closely with ATE to provide opportunity for individual professional growth for all persons concerned with teacher education in Arkansas.

Section 2. It shall seek to promote quality programs for teacher education.

Section 3. It shall provide a forum for ideas and practices related to teacher education; shall keep its members informed of new and promising developments in teacher education; and shall assist its members to initiate these practices.

Section 4. It shall work cooperatively with other organizations, agencies, institutions, and individuals desiring to study and to improve teacher education programs and practices.

Article III
Membership

Section 1. Any person, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, or professional position, residing and/or employed within the State of Arkansas may become a member of ArATE by paying the stipulated annual dues, and shall be entitled to all privileges of the association.

Section 2. Persons enrolled as full-time students in undergraduate or graduate teacher education programs in the State may become Student Members of the Association by paying the stipulated annual dues providing that in every case payment is accompanied by the appropriate forms signed by a sponsoring member. Student Members shall have the right to receive such services of the Association as the Executive Committee shall determine.

Article IV
Officers and Duties

Section 1. The officers shall be a President, President-elect, Vice President, Immediate Past President, and Executive Director. The President-elect shall succeed to the office of President and the Vice- President shall succeed to the office of President-elect upon completion of the term of their respective offices or upon a vacancy in the higher office.

Section 2. All elected and appointed officers shall be members in good standing of ArATE and Regular, Life or Distinguished Members of the Association of Teacher Educators.

Section 3. The President shall:
Provide leadership for ArATE.
Preside over all business meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee.
Prepare and distribute the agenda for meetings of the Executive Committee.
Recommend appointment of the chair and members for all standing committees and ad hoc to the Executive Committee for action.
Serve as ex-officio member of all committees of the Association.
Call special meetings of the Executive Committee.
Perform all other duties incident to the office of President.

Section 4. The President-elect shall:
Serve as delegate for the Annual conference, Association of Teacher Educators.
Serve as Program Committee Chair for the Association.
Assume the duties and responsibilities of the President when the President is absent or cannot fulfill the assigned constitutional duties.
Serve as a member of the Executive Committee.
Perform other duties authorized by the Executive Committee.

Section 5. The Vice-President shall:
Serve as assistant chair, Program Committee.
Assume the duties of the President-elect when necessary.
Serve as a member of the Executive Committee.
Perform other duties authorized by the Executive Committee.
Serve as chair of the Membership and Publicity Committee.

Section 6. The Immediate Past President shall:
Serve as a resource regarding issues and procedures with the President and other members of the Executive Committee.
Serve as member of the Executive Committee.
Perform other duties authorized by the Executive Committee.
Serve as chair of the Nominations Committee.

Section 7. The Executive Director shall:
Serve as secretary and treasurer of the Association.
Receive and keep all records of the Association.
Print and distribute communications and materials to the membership.
Provide membership lists for all members of the Association.
Notify the national office of the Association of Teacher Educators of the names of newly elected delegates to the Delegate Assembly of ATE.
Supply a report at each meeting of the Association and the Executive Committee of the financial status of the Association.
Present the financial records for inspection by the Audit Committee.
Prepare required reports of Association activities for both the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE).
Serve as the contact person to receive distributions from both ATE and SRATE.
Perform other duties authorized by the Executive Committee.

Article V
Executive Committee

Section 1. The Executive committee shall consist of six members plus the President, President-elect, Vice-president, Immediate Past President, and Executive Director shall be non-voting member.

Section 2. The six board members of the Executive Committee will serve three-year staggered terms with each position designated to represent one of the following constituencies: P-12 education, higher education, at-large.

Section 3. The members of the Executive Committee shall be members in good standing of ArATE and Regular, Life, or Distinguished Members of the Association of Educators.

Section 4. The Executive Committee shall:
B e the governing body of the Association.
Assist the President in conducting the affairs of the Association.
Act upon recommendations for appointments made by the president.
Determine budgetary policy and have the accounts of ArATE audited prior to the Annual Spring Meetings.
Determine a schedule of meeting dates and places for the Executive Committee but shall meet within the week prior to general meetings of the Association.

Section 5. A quorum shall be necessary for the transaction of business and shall consist of five (5) voting members of the Executive Committee. A majority vote will decide any motion.

Section 6. The Executive Committee shall meet in special sessions called by the President or by written request of any five (5) members of the Executive Committee.

Section 7. Chairs of all standing committees shall be invited to attend and participate in meetings of the Executive Committee without vote.

Article VI
Delegates to the ATE Delegate Assembly

Section 1. The number of ArATE delegates to the Delegate Assembly of the Association of Teacher Educators shall be in accordance with the policies of ATE. The President-elect shall serve as a delegate. Other delegates will be appointed by the Executive Committee as needed.

Section 2. The delegates shall be members in good standing of ArATE and Regular, Life or Distinguished Members of the Association of Teacher Educators.

Section 3. The delegates shall:
Represent the ArATE in the Delegates Assembly of the Association of Teacher Educators.
Present an annual report at a time designated by the Executive Committee.

Article VII
Nominations, Elections, Terms of Office and Vacancies

Section 1. Nominations
A slate of nominees for the offices of Vice-President and members of the Executive Committee shall be prepared by the Nominations Committee during the fall business meeting. The presiding officer shall call for nominations from the floor. The ballot shall be distributed to the membership through email after the fall meeting. All nominees shall be members in good standing of both the Association of Teacher Educators and ArATE.

Section 2. Elections
The Vice-President shall be elected annually.
Two members of the Executive Committee shall be elected annually for a three year term.
Voting shall be by means of a ballot sent electronically to all members by the Executive Director.
The Nominations Committee shall prepare the ballots and an annotation of each nominee's qualifications and forward them to the Executive Director for distribution to the members.
To be elected, the nominees must receive a plurality vote of the members casting ballots as certified by the Executive Committee at the winter meeting.

Section 3. Terms of office
The term of office shall begin on July 1st.
The President, President-elect, and Vice-President shall serve one year terms. Once elected as Vice President, a person shall serve, in order, consecutive terms as Vice-President, President-elect and President.
Members of the Executive Board shall serve three years.
The Executive Director shall be appointed by the President with the consent of the Executive Board and shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive Board. The term of office shall be three years (may be reappointed) with an annual review by the members of the voting Executive Committee.
No member of the Executive Committee shall serve in two offices simultaneously.

Section 4. Vacancies
Should the Presidency become vacant, President-elect shall become President for the remainder of the term and for the following term.
A vacancy in the office of President-elect shall be filled by the Vice-President.
A vacancy in the office of Vice-President shall be filled at the earliest possible time by a plurality vote of the membership voting by electronic ballot from among the nominees recommended by the Executive Committee.
A vacancy in the office of Executive Director shall be filled by appointment of the President upon approval by the Executive Committee.
Should a position on the Executive Committee become vacant, it shall be filled by appointment of the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.

Article VIII
Committees

Section 1. Standing Committees
There shall be Program Committee, a Membership and Publicity Committee, a Nominations Committee, and Audit committee, and an Awards Committee.
Members shall be appointed for a term of one year. They may be re-appointed.

Section 2. Ad Hoc Committees
Ad Hoc Committees may be created and dissolved by the Executive Committee upon recommendation of the President.

Section 3. Each committee shall submit an annual report to the Executive Committee no later than the first day of June.

Section 4. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees of the Association.

Section 5. Duties and Responsibilities of the Committee:
Program Committee shall plan the annual meeting of the Association. The President-Elect shall serve as chair and the Vice-President as assistant chair.
Membership and Publicity Committee shall recruit members form among those eligible for membership, promote the Association i n the mass media of the state, and keep the general public informed of the activities, programs, and meetings of the Association.
Nominations Committee shall prepare a slate of nominees, annotations of candidates' qualifications, and ballots. It shall submit this information to the Executive Director by the fall meeting.
Audit Committee shall conduct an inspection of the financial records of the Association and submit this report to the President electronically after the spring meeting.
Awards Committee shall be responsible for selecting recipients for all competitive awards distributed by the Association. The Committee may also recommend to the Executive Committee that additional awards or honors be approved.

Article IX
Dues and Fees

Section 1. The dues for Regular and student Members of the Association shall be set by The Executive Committee.

Section 2. All persons attending Annual Meetings and other conferences, workshops, and meetings of the Association may be charged registration fees. These fees shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

Article X
Meetings

Section 1. There shall be at least two general business meetings of the Association annually, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. The time and place of the meetings shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

Section 2. Regular meetings of the Executive Committee shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

Section 3. Special meetings of the Association may be called by the Executive Committee.

Section 4. All business meetings shall be conducted according to the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order provided that such rules do not conflict with any part of this Constitution. The President shall appoint a Parliamentarian for all business meetings.

Article XI
Local Units

Section 1. A local unit of the Association may be authorized by the Executive Committee.

Section 2. An application for Local Unit authorization must be presented to the Executive Committee and, as a minimum, includes a copy of a proposed constitution modeled after the ArATE constitution, and a statement of financial solvency.

Section 3. All local units shall have completed autonomy in all matters that do not conflict with the Constitutions and Bylaws of the Association of Teacher Educators of the Constitution of ArATE.

Article XII
Participation with Other Organizations

Section 1. This Association shall participate in the activities of the Association of Teacher Educators and the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators. As a State unit of ATE, this Association shall promote and urge membership in ATE and SRATE.

Section 2. This Association shall participate in the activities of such educational organizations as shall be approved by the Executive Committee.

Article XIII
Fiscal and Membership Years

Section 1. The fiscal year shall extend from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

Section 2. The period of membership of each person who joins the Association and pays the stipulated annual dues shall extend from fall conference of the current year to the fall conference of the following year.


Article XIV
Amendments

This constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the members voting at a regularly scheduled business meeting or through an electronic vote provided that a copy of the proposed amendment had been sent to all members at least three weeks prior to the date of the vote or meeting.

Article XV
Assets on Liquidation

No part of the net income, revenue, and grants of the Association shall inure to the benefit of any member, officer or private individual (except the reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered in connection with one or more of its purposes), and no members officer, or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any part of the assets of the Association, on its dissolution or liquidation. In the event such dissolution or liquidation, the assets of the Association, after payment of debts and obligations, shall be transferred to the Association of Teacher Educators Leadership Fund for Teacher Education.

(Revised: August, 2005)
Revised: September, 2005
Revised: March, 2006