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I. History and Purpose of the Section on Teaching

In 1995, a small group of ARNOVA members interested in matters of teaching and learning formed a loose association that became known as the Affinity Group on Teaching. For three years, members of the group – numbering more than 80 by 1998 – shared information and resources, held workshops and presented scholarly papers at the annual ARNOVA conference.

After the adoption of the "Statement on Sections of the Association" by the ARNOVA Board of Directors in November 1998, thirty-six members of the Affinity Group made the choice to form a Section on Teaching and applied for Section Status.

Purpose: The Teaching Section of ARNOVA is a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to improving and furthering teaching and learning focused on nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, civil society and voluntary action. Our community provides a forum for networking, information and resource sharing, building teaching capacity, as well as fostering and disseminating related research.

II. Membership

Membership in the Section is on an annual basis and is open to any current member of ARNOVA. The Section encourages membership diversity in the areas of: gender, ethnicity, race, geographic location, academic discipline, and teaching activities.

Membership in the Section is determined by the payment of Section dues. Benefits of Section membership are tied to the annual payment of dues. 

III. The Leadership Team

A. Leadership: Section activities are coordinated by a Leadership Team consisting of five (5) officers elected by the membership. It is assumed that the responsibility for the work of the Section will be shared by the Leadership Team. This work may be delegated to other individuals and/or working groups in order to (1) distribute the tasks, (2) build up a broad base of participation, and (3) develop future Section leadership.

1. Officers:

a. The Chair is responsible for overall coordination of Section activities and acts as a liaison to ARNOVA on all Section matters. See the Chair job description for complete details. (1 year term)

b. The Chair-Elect works with the Chair coordinating the activities of the Teaching Section and is directly responsible for assigned programs. The Chair-Elect assumes the Chair position upon completion of the Chair-Elect term of office. See the Chair-Elect job description for complete details. (1 year term)

c. The Secretary is charged with maintaining and retaining Section files and history and passing on those files in good order to the subsequent Secretary. See the Secretary job description for complete details. (2 year term)

d. The Treasurer is responsible for managing the Section's finances and overseeing the recruitment of members. See the Treasurer job description for complete details (2 year term)

e. Professional Development Officer is responsible for the organization of non-conference Teaching Section professional development activities. See the Professional Development Officer job description for complete details (2 year term) 

B. Terms of Office

1. The terms of office for the Chair and Chair-Elect positions are one year. The Chair-Elect automatically assumes the Chair position at the end of her or his term as Chair-Elect. The terms of office for the Secretary, Treasurer, and Professional Development Officer positions are two years.

2. Terms of office for the Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Professional Development Officer will be staggered whenever possible, with two positions up for election one year and the other two positions up for election the following year.

3. Newly elected officers begin their terms of office at the Annual Meeting. 

C. Election of the Officers:

1. Officers are elected annually in the fall unless none of the incumbent officers’ terms are ending.

2. Any current member who has demonstrated a commitment to the Section’s purpose through active participation in one or more of its programs is eligible to be elected as an officer.

3. The Teaching Section Chair will oversee the elections process. The Secretary will support the process.

4. With input from the Teaching Section Leadership Team, the Chair will appoint a Nominating Committee. Nominating Committee members must be current Teaching Section members. Incumbent Teaching Section officers cannot serve on the Nominating Committee. When possible, a former Teaching Section Chair will be appointed as the Nominating Committee Chair. Two additional Teaching Section members will also be appointed to the committee.

5. With the support of the Teaching Section Secretary, the Nominating Committee Chair will notify the membership via email that the nominations period is open and will disseminate the job descriptions for the open positions.

6. Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by current Teaching Section members. The Nominating Committee will also actively seek out potential candidates.

7. A nomination is considered "accepted" when a nominee notifies the Nominating Committee Chair that she or he accepts the nomination and submits a short bio in support of the nomination. Any person nominated for multiple positions must select only one position for which he or she will be considered as a candidate. An accepted nomination indicates the nominee’s commitment to be an active Section member for the respective term of office.

8. The Nominating Committee will review all nominations and draw up a slate of candidates. The Committee will ensure that all candidates meet the Section’s requirements for holding officer positions. (See Section III. C. 2 of this document.) The Nominating Committee will also consider each nominee’s strengths for the nominated position. In keeping with the Teaching Section’s commitment to membership diversity, the Nominating Committee will aim to develop a diverse slate. (See Section II., paragraph 1 of this document.) Multiple candidates may be put forth for each open position.

9. Elections will be conducted electronically. All current Teaching Section members will be eligible to vote.

10. Results of the election are announced at the Annual Business Meeting of the Section.

Transition Clause: Elections for the Chair-Elect and Professional Development Officer will be held in the fall of 2011. Elections for the Secretary and Treasurer will be held in the fall of 2012.

D. Term Limits for Leadership Team: After someone has served in an elected or appointed position for two (2) full years consecutively, he or she may not be re-elected or re-appointed to the same position for a period of at least two years from the expiration of their term. This includes individuals who have filled the Chair-Elect and Chair positions in two full, consecutive years of services because the Chair-Elect position is considered to be year one and the Chair position is considered to be year two. These individuals must wait two years after completing the term of Chair before she or he can be re-appointed or re-elected in the Chair-Elect or Chair position.

Transition Clause: The two-year term limitation is to be calculated beginning with the Annual Meeting of 2011.

E. Resignation from the Leadership Team: Should any member of the Leadership Team be unable to fulfill his or her duties and resign prior to the completion of a term, the remaining members of the Leadership Team will appoint someone for the remainder of the term.

IV. Meetings

An Annual Business Meeting will be held at a time and place to be determined during the Annual Meeting of ARNOVA. At this meeting, membership hears the report of the election of officers, the Chair's report, the Treasurer’s Report, and handles any other Section business.

Section members are encouraged to meet both formally and informally throughout the year either in conjunction with other meetings or in isolation. A called, formal meeting of the Section at any time other than the Annual Business Meeting must have approval of a majority of the Leadership Team.

V. Programs

The Section may engage in any programs or activities that the membership determines to be appropriate, provided such activities do not violate the parameters as stated in ARNOVA's "Statement on Sections of the Association."

The Section commits itself to offering programs and activities that contribute to more effective teaching materials and methods, as these relate to nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, voluntary action, and civil society.

VI. Finances

Section membership dues are determined by the ARNOVA Board of Directors and are added on to the basic ARNOVA membership dues.

Section monies derived from dues or other fees will be held by the ARNOVA office. Expenses incurred as a result of Section activities or programs will be reimbursed by the ARNOVA office, in accordance with Association policies and procedures.

Only those expenses derived from Section activities or programs (e.g., postage, workshop expenses, copying) are eligible for reimbursement. No member of the Section shall be reimbursed for such expenses without documented approval from a majority of the Leadership Team. Such approval may be communicated via email or fax.

An annual printed financial statement of income and expenses will be communicated to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting. The financial statement is provided based on the availability of the data from ARNOVA. In addition, a projected budget for the upcoming year is presented by the Treasurer at the Annual Business Meeting. 

VII. Reporting

A. Regular Reporting: The Leadership Team shall communicate on a regular basis with Section membership via electronic means. Activities of the Section shall also be reported in the ARNOVA newsletter and other forms.

B. Annual Report: An annual report to the ARNOVA Board of Directors regarding Section activities and finances is required in the "Statement on Sections of the Association." This report is to be submitted by December 31 and covers Section activities for the calendar year. The Section Chair, in consultation with the Leadership Team, prepares this report, which is shared with the membership electronically and then sent to the ARNOVA Board of Directors.

C. Section History: Relevant and pertinent documents from the previous leadership are transferred to the incoming leadership team in the form of an integrated leadership report and history. These documents are maintained by the Secretary, who is the steward of the section’s history.

VIII. Bylaws Approval

A. Changes to the bylaws must be approved through a vote by the membership of the section.

4/99: Enacted
10/03: Revised 
10/11: Revised 

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