Division 26 of the American Psychological Association
(Last updated August, 2012)
Article I - Name and Purpose
1. The name of this organization shall be the Society for the History of Psychology, Division 26 of the American Psychological Association.
2. The purpose of this organization shall be (a) to encourage and facilitate original scholarship in the history of psychology; and (b) to extend the awareness and appreciation of the history of psychology as an aid to the understanding of (1) contemporary psychology in its aims as a science, profession and means of promoting human welfare, (2) its relation to other scientific and scholarly fields, and (3) its role in society.
Article II - Membership
1. Membership in the Society for the History of Psychology shall be open to persons who have an interest in the history of psychology. Classes of membership shall be: Fellows, Members, Associates, and Affiliates.
2. Applicants for membership shall be approved by the Membership officer and/or the appropriate staff at APA Division Services. The Membership officer and/or staff at APA Division Services will notify new members of their acceptance into the Society.
3. Fellows shall be persons who qualify for fellowship status in the American Psychological Association (under Article II, Section 3, of the Bylaws of the APA) and who have made outstanding and unusual contributions to the field of the history of psychology.
4. Members and Associates shall be persons who are Members or Associates of the American Psychological Association.
5. Affiliate Membership is open to any individual with an interest in the history of psychology.
6. On all matters calling for action by the membership of the Society, each Fellow and Member shall have one vote.
Article III - Officers
1. There shall be two categories of officers of the Society: Elected Officers and Appointed Officers. The Elected Officers shall be the President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary-Treasurer, and such Representative(s) to Council as are provided for by the Bylaws of the APA. The Appointed Officers (See Article VII) shall include Program officer, News and Notes officer, Journal officer, Electronic Communications officer, Membership officer, Fellows officer, Archives officer, and Student Representative.
2. The term of office for the President of the Society shall be one year, preceded by one year as President-Elect and followed by one year as Past President. The term of office for the Secretary-Treasurer shall be three years. The terms of office for Representatives to Council shall be governed by the provisions of the Bylaws of the APA. Elected officers of the Society may succeed themselves in the same office after accepting nomination and being re-elected by the membership of the Society.
3. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings, to act as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Society, to exercise supervision over the affairs of the Society with the approval of the Executive Committee, and to perform such other duties as are incident to the office or may properly be required by vote of the Executive Committee. The President is also expected to deliver a presidential address during the annual APA convention in the year that concludes the presidential year in office.
4. It shall be the responsibility of the Past President to serve as the Chair of the Nominating Committee, and as Chair of the Awards Committee for division early career and lifetime achievement awards. The Past President will also oversee the work of other award committees and serve as a member of the Executive Committee.
5. It shall be the responsibility of the President-Elect to serve as a member of the Executive Committee and to perform the duties of the President in the event of the absence or incapacity of the latter. The President-Elect shall become the President upon the expiration of the term of the latter.
6. It shall be the duty of the Secretary-Treasurer to issue calls and notices of meetings; to keep the records of the Society; to serve as Secretary of the Executive Committee; to have custody of all funds and property of the Society; to collect any special dues that may be voted in accordance with Article VIII, Section 1, of these Bylaws and to make disbursements as authorized by the Executive Committee; to serve as a member of the Executive Committee; and to consult with the Program officer and the Chair of the Nominating Committee. The Secretary-Treasurer shall present an annual budget to the Executive Committee and with their concurrence it shall be presented for approval to the Business Meeting of the Society. Unanticipated costs which occur between Business Meetings shall be handled by consultation with the members of the Executive Committee and explained to the Society members at the next Business Meeting.
7. It shall be the duty of the divisional Representative(s) to perform the duties and accept the responsibilities specified in Article III of the Bylaws of the APA. The Representative(s) shall also serve as member(s) of the Executive Committee.
8. In case of the death, incapacity, or resignation of an appointed officer, the President, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, shall appoint a successor to serve out the unexpired portion of the term. For an elected officer, the President, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, shall appoint a successor to serve until an election can be held.
Article IV - Executive Committee
1. There shall be an Executive Committee of the Society whose members shall consist of the Elected and the Appointed officers of the Society.
2. The Executive Committee shall exercise general supervision over the affairs of the Society, legislating such policies as may seem proper to the interests of the Society, and shall perform the duties and abide by the limitations specified in these Bylaws. Actions of the Executive Committee are subject to review, if requested by a majority vote of the members present at an Annual Meeting.
Article V - Nominations and Elections
1. Elected officers of the Society shall be elected by a majority vote of the members casting mail or electronic ballots. Nominations and elections shall be conducted in accordance with the rules and procedures of the APA.
2. Each year the Society’s journal shall carry a call for nominations for the offices to be vacant. The Nominating Committee will consist of the Past President, the President, and the President-Elect and will be chaired by the Past President. This committee shall receive nominations and prepare a final slate assuring that there are at least two candidates for each vacant office except for the office of Secretary-Treasurer for which one candidate is acceptable. Before preparation of the final slate, the Chair of the Nominating Committee shall ascertain each nominee’s willingness to serve, if elected. The final slate shall be reported to the Central Office of the APA, which will issue the election ballot in accordance with the APA Bylaws.
3. The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall notify all candidates of the results of the election immediately after the results are obtained from the APA Central Office. Formal announcement of the election results shall be made at the Annual Meeting of the APA.
4. Elected officers’ terms coincide with the calendar year. President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and Council Representatives shall assume office on January 1st of the year following their election and shall hold office until their elected successors assume office in their stead. If an officer (other than President) fails to accept election, that officer’s place shall be filled by action of the Executive Committee, in accordance with Article III, Section 8 of these Bylaws.
Article VI - Meetings
1. The Annual Meeting of the Society shall take place during the time of the annual convention of the APA and in the same locality for the purpose of transacting appropriate business, the presentation of papers, symposia, and addresses, and the discussion of such other professional and scholarly matters as fall within the field of the Society’s interest. The Society shall coordinate its program with, and participate in, the program of the APA.
2. A quorum shall consist of those members present and voting at the Annual Meeting of the Society. Motions and policy decisions may be also be approved by a majority of those voting by mail, or electronic ballot at any time during the year.
Article VII - Appointed Officers
1. All Appointed Officers shall serve for terms of three years except the Program officer and Student Representative whose term of office are one year, and the Archives officer whose term of office is five years. Personnel shall be appointed by the President of the Society with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee and, in the case of the News and Notes officer, in consultation with the Journal officer.
2. The Membership officer shall recruit new members, respond to requests for information about membership, coordinate with APA Division Services to receive and process applications for membership, maintain a current membership list, and provide an annual report for the meeting of the Executive Committee on numbers of current members and new members in each category of membership.
3. The Fellows officer shall receive all nominations for divisional fellows, and will collect such supportive material and documentation of the nominations as may be required. In consultation with the Executive Committee, the Fellows officer shall appoint and chair a Fellows Committee consisting of at least three other current Fellows in the Society. The committee will consider all nominations and on the basis of those deliberations the Fellows officer will either recommend that a candidate withdraw or will forward the nomination to the Membership Committee of APA, in accordance with the Bylaws of the APA.
4. The Program officer will be named by the President-Elect with the concurrence of the Executive Committee. The Program officer is designated the year prior to actual service and will work with the current Program officer and the past Program officer in order to provide continuity. The Program officer will make arrangements for the program of the year in which the President-Elect serves as President, coordinating the program with the President and the Secretary-Treasurer. The Program Committee will consist of the past, current, and future Program officers and be chaired by the current Program officer.
5. The News and Notes officer will be editor of the news and notes section of the Society journal and be responsible for its regular publication.
6. The Journal officer will be editor of the Society journal and be responsible for its regular publication.
7. The Electronic Communications officer will maintain the Society ListServe and World Wide Web site.
8. The Archives officer shall annually inform and remind officers of the Society that it is the Society’s policy to preserve all documents related to business of the Society, serve as liaison between the Society and archival repositories and act to facilitate the transfer of Society related documents from outgoing officers of the Society to the appropriate archive.
9. The Student Representative shall serve as a liaison between students and the executive committee, and shall advise and assist the Executive Committee with issues related to the recruitment and retention of student members.
Article VIII - Dues and Assessments
1. The minimum dues of the Society shall be the amount established by the APA. Any changes in annual dues, or special assessments in addition to the dues, shall be recommended by the Executive Committee and decided by a majority of the members voting at the annual meeting or by mail or electronic ballot.
Article IX – Amendments
1. The Society at any annual meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the members present, or by a majority of the members of the Society voting on a mail or electronic ballot, may adopt such amendments to these Bylaws as have been (a) presented and read at the preceding annual meeting, or (b) mailed to the last known post office address of each member, emailed to the last known email address of each member, or (c) published in the Society journal news and notes section two months prior to the final vote on the proposed amendments.
The Society Bylaws were originally enacted by a majority vote of the Fellows and Members attending the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, 1977. They were subsequently amended at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans, 1989, and at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, 1991, clerical changes to the Bylaws for the purpose of clarification were approved. In April, 1999, the Bylaws were amended by mail ballot. The Bylaws were amended at the Annual Meeting in Chicago, 2002 at the Annual Meeting in Honolulu, 2004, at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, 2007, and at the Annual Meeting in Orlando, 2012.