The SPA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously at our 2015 meeting to recommend a change in bylaws that would split the current Secretary-Treasurer position into two distinct positions. With the increased number of programs being administered by the Secretary-Treasurer, including grant programs and planning the Society’s growing biennial conferences, the time demands are exceeding what we can reasonably expect for a purely volunteer position. All members will be asked whether or not they approve the following changes as part of the 2016 ballot.
ARTICLE V. Organization
Section 1. The officers of the Society shall consist of a President, a President-elect, a Secretary/Treasurer, a Treasurer, a Newsletter Editor, an editor of Ethos, a Book Editor, an Electronic Publications Editor, and a Student Representative.
Section 2. The Board of Directors, all of whom shall have voting privileges, shall consist of the President, President-elect, four elected members, an appointed Student Representative, a Secretary/Treasurer, a Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, Ethos Editor, Book Editor, and Electronic Publications Editor.
Section 3. The President-elect shall be elected for a two-year term at the conclusion of which the President-elect shall succeed to the Presidency to serve a two-year term. The Secretary/Treasurer, the Treasurer, the Newsletter Editor, Student Representative, and the Electronic Publications Editor shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for staggered four-year terms. The Ethos Editor and the Book Editor shall be appointed for staggered five-year terms. The Student Representative shall be elected for a two-year term. Four additional members of the Board of Directors shall be elected for a four-year term each, two to be elected every two years. The terms of all officers shall begin at the annual SPA Board meeting held either during the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association or the Biannual Biennial Meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The President shall assume AAA Board responsibilities at the conclusion of the AAA Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE VI. Duties of Officers and Appointees
Section 3. The Secretary/Treasurer, subject to the directives of the Board of Directors, shall have charge of administrative matters under the direction of the President, and serve as Secretary to the Board of Directors. In addition, the Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for the maintenance of proper and adequate records which at all times shall be open to inspection by the Board of Directors. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for the administration of the finances of the Society subject to provisions in these Bylaws and be the Society’s fiscal agent in dealing with other persons or organizations. The Secretary shall oversee all prize and grant selection committees.
Section 4. The Treasurer, subject to the directives of the Board of Directors, shall be responsible for the administration of the finances of the Society subject to the provisions in these Bylaws and be the Society’s fiscal agent in dealing with other persons and organizations. The Treasurer shall also be responsible for administering all grants distributed by the SPA once awardees have been selected.
Section 45. The Newsletter Editor shall have charge of the SPA Section news in the Anthropology Newsletter.
Section 56. The Ethos Editor shall have charge of the journal Ethos. The Editor shall be responsible for appointing and working closely with an editorial board. The Editor shall ensure that the journal conforms to its mission statement and that submissions be appropriately reviewed. The Editor shall report to the Board of Directors annually.
Section 67. The Book Editor shall be responsible for all books and book series published under the auspices of the Society. The Editor shall report to the Board of Directors annually.
Section 78. The Electronic Publications Editor shall be responsible for development and maintenance of the SPA website and all social media, and for administration of the Society Listserv. The Electronic Publications Editor shall report to the Board of Directors annually.
Section 89. The Student Representative shall be responsible for advising the Board about the needs and interests of student members, as well as means of involving students in Society activities. The Student Representative shall report to the Board of Directors annually.
Section 910. The Board of Directors shall meet at least once each year at the Annual Meeting and at the call of the President may hold additional meetings as required. Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President at any time upon written demand of at least three members of the Board.
Section 101. A quorum of the Board of Directors shall consist of a majority of its membership.
Section 112. The Board of Directors shall act upon the budget provided by the Treasurer no later than the second day of the Annual Meeting.
Section 123. At the time of the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors shall report its activities to the membership and to the Board of Directors of the American Anthropological Association. The report shall include the reports of officers, editors, committees, and other agents.
Section 134. Any member of the Board of Directors who misses two meetings shall be subject to removal for nonattendance at meetings of the Board. Written notification of this possibility shall be provided after the first missed meeting with dismissal action possible by a vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors during, or subsequent to, the second missed meeting. Such vacated office shall be filled immediately in accordance with Article V, Section 7.
ARTICLE VII. Nominations and Elections
Section 2. Each year the Nominations Committee shall nominate a slate of at least six potential candidates for each elected office that is open and submit these names to the Board of Directors for review at its annual meeting. The Board will rank the names and return the list to the Nominations Committee which shall then contact candidates seriatim and forward to the Secretary/Treasurer those candidates’ names who have agreed to run for election. The Secretary/Treasurer shall send these nominations to the AAA headquarters according to the Section nomination and election schedule.