Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Adopted at the Annual Meeting of CAEP, St. John’s, 1997

ARTICLE I -NAME
The name of the Association shall be the Canadian Association for Educational Psychology (L’Association Canadienne en Psychopedagogie) hereinafter referred to as the Association or CAEP/ACP.


ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purposes of the Association shall be:

        2.1 to foster the exchange of ideas between and among members whose activities, though diverse, stem from a common interest in educational psychology. 
        2.2 to stimulate research, development, and improvement in teaching in all branches of educational psychology.
        2.3 to encourage publication and distribution of theoretical, empirical, and applied studies.
        2.4 to cooperate with representatives of other organizations and disciplines toward the furtherance of educational theory and practice.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

        3.1 Membership in the Association shall be open to those who are interested in the application of psychological principles to education.
        3.2 Full membership in the Canadian Society for the Study of Education shall be a normal condition of membership in the Association.
        3.3 Payment of dues shall constitute a condition of membership.
        3.4 The amount of annual dues shall be determined from time to time by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting of the Association.
        3.5 Members of the Association in good standing may vote, nominate members for office, stand for office, and otherwise benefit from the activities of the Association.
        3.6 The membership year shall be from January 1 to December 31.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

        4.1 The Officers of the Association shall be the Past President, the President, the President-Elect and the Secretary-Treasurer.
        4.2 The President shall preside at meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee; exercise general direction over the activities of the Association; represent the Association in liaison with other organizations.
        4.3 The President-Elect shall assist the President, shall assume the duties of the President in case of absence, incapacity or resignation of the President and shall function as Chair of the Program Committee for the CAEP/ACP component of the annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.
        4.4 The Secretary-Treasurer shall have custody of and maintain the records of the Association, and issue cheques against the funds of the Association. He or she shall nominate a CAEP/ACP member from his or her institution who will be authorized by the President to countersign all cheques issued against Association funds.
        4.5 The Past President shall function as Chair of the Nominating Committee and the Dunlop Thesis and Distinguished Contributions Awards Committee.
        4.6 The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers of the Association.
        4.6.1 The Executive Committee shall implement the Constitution, By-Laws, and policies of the Association and shall be empowered to act for the Association between its meetings.
        4.6.2 The Executive Committee shall be responsible for (a) the finances of the Association including disbursement of funds; (b) the appointment of officers and members of ad hoc committees; (c) the publications of the Association; (d) the planning of the Annual Business Meeting of the Association, and (e) the program of the Association at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.
        4.7 The Officers of the Association and the Chairs of Standing Committees shall be elected by a simple majority vote of the members attending the annual CAEP/ACP meeting, and shall hold office for a two year term immediately following their election.

ARTICLE V – MEETINGS

    5.1 An Annual Business Meeting shall be held during the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.

ARTICLE VI – COMMITTEES

        6.1 The President shall appoint an Editor of the CAEP/ACP newsletter who shall coordinate CAEP/ACP submissions to the CSSE news and who shall edit and circulate a minimum of two newsletters per year.
        6.2 Standing Committees of the Association shall include the Executive Committee, the Program Committee chaired by the President-Elect, and the Nominating Committee and the Dunlop Thesis and Distinguished Contributions Awards Committee chaired by the Past President. The Association from time to time may establish ad hoc Committees for specific purposes.

ARTICLE VII – BY-LAWS
The Association may, by simple majority vote of the members present at any Annual Business Meeting, enact, amend or repeal By-Laws for its own governance provided that such By-Laws are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution.


ARTICLE VIII – AFFILIATION
As an affiliated organization, the Association shall be subject to the Constitution, By-Laws, and Regulations of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.


ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS
Amendments to this Constitution which change the essential nature of the association, shall require a two-thirds majority of those duly registered members voting, such vote to be taken by mail.