Approved: January, 2003
BY-LAWS: The Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical
Association of America.
ARTICLE I: Name and Purpose
- The name
of this Section shall be the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical
Association of America.
purposes of the Pacific Northwest Section shall be to assist in the
improvement of education in the mathematical sciences at the collegiate
level by carrying out the purposes of the national organization within the
territory defined below in Article II, Section 1.
ARTICLE II: Membership
membership of the Pacific Northwest Section shall be as follows:
of the Mathematical Association of America residing in the states of
Oregon (Zip Code 97000-97999) Washington (Zip Code 98000-99499), Idaho
(Zip Code 83200-83899), Montana (Zip Code 59000-59699 and 59800-59999),
Alaska (Zip Code 99500-99999),†
the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Northwest,
Nunavut, and Yukon territories.
of the Mathematical Association of America, not being resident in the
territory of this Section, who have become members of this Section in
accordance with the By-laws of the Mathematical Association of America.
ARTICLE III: Officers
officers of the Section shall be a Chair, a Chair-elect (in even-numbered
calendar years) or Past-chair (in odd-numbered calendar years), a
Secretary-Treasurer,† a Newsletter
Editor, and/or a Home Page Editor, a Liaison Coordinator, a Project NExT
Coordinator, and a Student Program Coordinator.
Executive Committee of the Section shall consist of the Officers of the
Section and the Section Governor (ex officio).
Section Officer must be a member of the Mathematical Association of
America and of this Section.
Chair-elect and the Secretary-Treasurer†
shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Section. These
officers shall assume office upon adjournment of the meeting at which they
- The Chair
shall appoint a nominating committee to choose a slate of candidates for
the elective offices, but nominations may also be made by members at the
time of the annual election. All other officers shall be appointed by the
Chair with the approval of the Executive Committee.
Chair-elect shall serve one year as Chair-elect, the subsequent two years
as Chair followed by a year as Past-chair. The Secretary-Treasurer shall
be elected for a term of four years. The terms of the Chair and
Secretary-Treasurer shall begin in alternate years. All other officers
shall be appointed for two year terms. The Newsletter Editor, Home Page Editor
and Liaison Coordinator shall be appointed in odd-numbered years and the
Project NExT Director and a Student Program Coordinator in even-numbered
- The duties
of the Section Officers shall be:
Chair shall preside at each meeting of the Section and of the Executive
Committee of the Section. The Chair shall appoint every committee of the
Section and be an ex-officio member of each committee unless directed
otherwise by the membership of the Section at an official meeting.
duties of the Chair-elect and Past-chair shall be determined by the Chair
and the Executive Committee.
duties of the Secretary-Treasurer shall include keeping the minutes of
official meetings of the Section and of meetings of the Executive
Committee, custody of records of the Section, the notification to the
members of all meetings and to the members of the Executive Committee of
meetings of that committee. In addition, the Secretary-Treasurer† shall arrange for the collection of
Section dues, for the receipt of the allowance provided by the national
office of the MAA, for making appropriate reports to the MAA, the
safekeeping of the funds of the Section, the maintaining of proper and
accurate books of account of Section funds and the paying of bills of the
- †The duties of the Newsletter Editor include publishing a
newsletter at least twice each academic year.†† The Newsletter Editor will work together with the Homepage
editor to place the newsletter on the Section's website.† The Newsletter Editor will notify the
Section membership and other newsletter editors and secretaries from
other sections informing them of the publication of a new newsletter.
- The Homepage Editor should be
responsible for the design, technical operation and content of the
Sectionís Web site. In addition, the Homepage Editor should maintain
contact with and consult with the officers of the Section on both content
and design of the section web page.
- The Liaison Coordinator shall
serve as liaison between the Section and the MAA Departmental Liaisons,
who are appointed by the Program Coordinator for the MAA under the
direction of the MAA Committee on MAA/Department Liaisons.† For example, this may include drawing
liaisons' attention to something special and/or new on our website, or
providing information encouraging nominations for the sectional awards,
or providing information about mathematics meetings in our Section
or† neighboring sections.
Project NExT Director
shall serve as liaison between the Section and the PNW Project NExT
Fellows. The Project NExT Director shall have the responsibility of
promoting the objectives of the MAA among new college-level
faculty and shall coordinate the annual PNW Project NExT meeting with the
- The duties of the Student
Program Coordinator shall be to represent the interests of the students
in the Section. The Student Programs Coordinator shall ensure that
students are informed about MAA resources and activities that are
relevant to them, facilitate communication between students and student
chapters, and promote student involvement at Section meetings.
Executive Committee shall conduct the affairs of the Section between
meetings of the Section membership.
- If a
vacancy of an elected office should occur, the Executive Committee shall fill
the vacancy by appointing a member of the Section to serve until the next
meeting, at which an election by the membership of the Section shall be
Article IV: Meetings
Section shall hold one or more regular meetings each year. Normally the annual
meeting will be held in late spring or early summer, and at that time the
election of officers shall take place.
- For each regular meeting of the Section, a Program
Committee shall be appointed. This committee shall include two
Program Chairs (one for universities and four-year colleges and one for
two-year colleges), a Local Arrangements Coordinator, the Student Program
Coordinator, the Project NExT Director, the Chair (ex-officio) and the
- †The Program Chairs or Local
Arrangements Coordinator may serve as co-chairs, or they may agree to
designate one of them to serve as chair.
- †The Program Committee shall be
responsible for arranging the program for the meeting, which includes
decisions regarding invited speakers, minicourses, special sessions,
banquets, etc.† The committee is
also responsible for inviting speakers and arranging all sessions.† The committee shall work with the
Newsletter Editor and Homepage Editor to publicize the meeting.† The committee shall keep the Executive
Committee informed of its progress.
Local Arrangements Coordinator shall be responsible for making local
physical arrangements including meeting and registration space at the
local institution, lodging, etc.
fees for annual Section meetings shall be determined by the Executive
Committee in consultation with the Program Committee. Whenever the
Chair or Secretary-Treasurer deems it prudent, other decisions of the
Program Committee, financial or otherwise, shall require approval of the
- A special
meeting may be called by the Executive Committee.
member of the Section shall be notified at least ten days in advance of
any regular or special meeting of the Section.
- A quorum
shall consist of those members in attendance at an official business
meeting held during a properly called meeting of the Section.
ARTICLE V: Use of Assets
- The assets
of the Pacific Northwest Section shall be used exclusively to further the
purposes of the Section, and in the event of the dissolution of the
Section the remaining assets shall be returned to the national
organization to be used for a purpose consistent with the purposes of the
- Decisions regarding expenditures and investments of Section
funds shall be made by the Secretary-Treasurer with the approval of the
ARTICLE VI: Committees
- The Chair
is authorized to appoint, with the advice of the Executive Committee, any
committees which are needed to carry out effectively the purpose of the Section.
ARTICLE VII: Amendments
By-laws may be amended by a majority of the votes cast by the members at a
regular or special meeting of the Section, subject to the approval of the
Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America.
- A proposed
amendment shall be submitted to every member of the Section at least ten
days prior to the meeting at which the vote on the amendment will take
- When an
amendment has been approved by the members of the Section, the amended
By-laws shall be submitted to the MAA Committee on Sections for its
recommendation to the Board of Governors.
- A complete
revision of this set of By-laws will be subject to the same procedure as
that for amending this set.