Bylaws of the Division on Solar Physics, American Astronomical Society
—as amended 2019 July 23
This Division of the American Astronomical Society (hereinafter called “the Society”) shall be known as the “Division on Solar Physics”.
The object of the Division on Solar Physics (hereinafter called “the Division”) shall be the advancement of the study of the Sun and promotion of coordination of such research with other branches of science.
III. Enabling Authority
Article IV, Section 4.21 of the Society Bylaws is hereby incorporated into these Bylaws by reference.
- Any member of the American Astronomical Society may become a member of the Division by applying to the Secretary of the Division. Any member of the Division may resign from the Division by notifying the Secretary. Membership in the Division is contingent upon continuing membership in the Society and upon payment of such dues as the Division shall assess.
- Affiliate Membership in the Division is provided for persons who are not members of the American Astronomical Society, but who are members of another recognized professional organization with interests related to solar physics. An application for Affiliate Membership shall be sponsored by at least two regular members of the Division. It shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Division for presentation to the Committee for approval or disapproval. Whenever the total of Affiliate Members exceeds one-third of the total of the regular Members of the Division, new applications shall be held in abeyance by the Secretary in the order in which they are received. Affiliate Members shall have all the rights, privileges and obligations of regular Members, except that they may not vote nor hold any office in the Division.
- Emeritus Membership in the Division is provided for persons who are Emeritus Members of the Society. Emeritus Members of the Division shall have all the rights, privileges and obligations of regular Members of the Division, except they shall be exempt from payment of dues. Emeritus Members of the Division shall be required to apply annually to the Division in order to maintain their status.
V. Officers and Committee of the Division
- The Committee of the Division (hereinafter called “the Committee”) shall consist of the officers of the Division, and five committee persons. All members of the Committee shall be Members of the Division and the Society. The Committee shall have general charge of the affairs of the Division, and through the Chairperson or Secretary shall report the activities of the Division to the Board of Trustees of the Society. The Committee may set an enrollment fee for new members, annual dues for all members, registration fees for persons attending meetings of the Division, or any combination of such fees and dues. Fees and dues may be waived by the Committee on an individual basis by request for those Members or Affiliate Members for which payment in United States dollars represents a barrier to membership.
- The officers of the Committee and of the Division shall be a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. In addition to the duties specifically assigned to them by these Bylaws, the officers shall discharge the other duties usually incident to their respective officers.
- The Chairperson shall call all meetings of the Committee and shall preside at those meetings if possible. With the advice and consent of the Committee the Chairperson shall appoint any special committees which are necessary to conduct the affairs of the Division and shall be an ex-officio member of each such special committee except the Nominating Committee.
- The Vice-Chairperson may act for the Chairperson at the latter’s request and shall act for the Chairperson in the event that the latter cannot discharge the duties of the office. The Vice-Chairperson shall with the assistance of the Program Committee, be responsible for organizing the scientific programs of the Division.
- The Secretary shall send out necessary notices and announcements to the members of the Committee and to members of the Division. Announcements of the meetings of the Division shall be prepared by the Secretary and transmitted to the appropriate officer of the Society for publication and distribution to all Society members, at least nine weeks before the date of each meeting. The Secretary shall assist the Committee or the Program Committee with arrangements for the meeting and for the publication, if any, of the proceedings. The Secretary shall also prepare minutes of each meeting of the Committee, and of the Business sessions of the Division, and submit these minutes to each member of the Committee and to the Secretary of the Society within three weeks after each meeting.
- The Treasurer shall collect the enrollment fees and any Division dues set by the Committee, and handle funds and make disbursements in accordance with the budget approved by the Committee. The Treasurer shall submit to the Committee an annual financial report which, after approval by auditors appointed by the Chairperson from the members of the Division, shall be submitted to the Board of Trustees of the Society.
- The Committee shall meet at least once each year. A request in writing from at least three members of the Committee shall render a convocation of an additional meeting of the Committee obligatory. Any member of the Committee unable to attend the meeting shall have the privilege of naming an alternate representative to participate in the meeting without vote, subject to the approval of the Chairperson. At any meeting of the Committee, five of its members shall constitute a quorum.
VI. Election and Tenure of Officers and Committee-persons
- The terms of office for officers and Committee members shall be as follows: The Vice-Chairperson shall be elected, serve one year as Vice-Chairperson, then two years as Chairperson and a fourth year as Vice-Chairperson, plus two years as Committee person. Secretary and Treasurer shall serve for three years and Committee member shall serve for two years. The term year shall be construed as running from one regular meeting to the next.
- At each regular meeting of the Division, the Chairperson of the Division shall, with the advice and consent of the Committee, appoint a chairperson and two members of a nominating committee to serve until the next regular meeting. No more than one member of the Nominating Committee shall be a member of the Committee of the Division.
- Not later than February 20 each year, the Nominating Committee shall submit to the Secretary nominations of candidates for each vacancy. Every effort shall be made to find more than one candidate. However, if an incumbent Secretary or Treasurer is willing to serve another term, the Nominating Committee may, with the consent of the SPD Committee, nominate only the incumbent for approval by the members of the Division. The Nominating Committee shall ascertain the willingness of its nominees to serve if elected. If the existing Vice-Chairperson is unwilling or unable to assume the office of the Chairperson, or if the existing Vice-Chairperson was appointed by the Committee, the Nominating Committee shall nominate at least two candidates for the office of Chairperson.
- Any member of the Division proposed as a candidate for Officer or Committee member by petition of not fewer than 12 members of the Division, at least two weeks before elections open, shall be deemed to be nominated to the post provided the nominee has stated to the Secretary willingness to serve if elected.
- The Secretary of the Division shall prepare a ballot containing the names of all candidates nominated according to paragraphs 3 and 4 of this Article, and shall distribute these ballots to all members of the Division not later than March 20 each year. Each member may cast one vote for each post of the Committee to be filled and shall return the ballot to the Secretary by April 20 of the same year. The Secretary shall count the votes and submit the tally to the Chairperson. Election shall be by plurality of those voting, and the Chairperson shall not cast a ballot unless it is needed to break a tie. The Chairperson shall report the results of the election to the Division members during the business session following the election and to the Secretary of the Society not more than a week later.
- The tenure of members of the Committee shall begin at the close of the regular meeting at which they are elected.
- If a vacancy occurs in the post of Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall act as Chairperson for the remainder of the unexpired term and shall continue to serve the term as Chairperson to which he or she normally would succeed. If a vacancy occurs in the post of Vice-Chairperson or Committee member, the Committee may appoint a member of the Division to serve until the next regular election occurring more than twelve weeks after the vacancy occurs, at which time the vacancy shall be filled by the regular procedure. If a vacancy occurs in the post of Secretary or Treasurer, the Committee may appoint a member of the Division to serve the remainder of the term.
VII. Meetings of the Division
- A meeting of the Division to be known as the regular meeting shall be held each year at such time and place as shall be ordered by the Committee. This meeting shall include a business session devoted exclusively to the reports of officers and committees, and to the transaction of business affairs. No scientific program of the Division shall be presented simultaneously with the business session.
- Meetings of the Division other than the regular meeting may be scheduled by the Committee. Special conferences or symposia, when designated as being wholly or jointly sponsored by the Division, shall have the status of meetings.
- The dates and places of all meetings of the Division shall be chosen in consultation with the Board of Trustees of the Society, or with an officer designated by the Board of Trustees.
- All meetings of the Division shall be open to all members of the American Astronomical Society and to such other categories of participants and individuals as invited by the Committee.
VIII. Appointed Special Committees
- The Chairperson, with the advice and consent of the Committee of the Division shall appoint the Nominating Committee, which shall have such duties as are specified in Article VI of these Bylaws, and such other special committees as conditions may demand.
- All appointed special committees, unless otherwise terminated by the Committee, shall be automatically discharged at the close of the regular meeting next following their appointment.
- Meetings of the Division may include programs of invited papers, contributed papers, or such other format as designated by the Committee. The Chairperson with the advice and consent of the Committee may appoint a Program Committee and delegate to it the planning of programs, the selection of papers to be placed on the programs, and arrangements for meetings. The program committee will be chaired by the Vice-Chairperson.
- The Division may hold joint meetings with other Divisions of the Society as well as with other scientific groups.
X. Prizes and Awards
- The Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society sponsors the following prizes and awards:
- An Honorary Prize in memory of George Ellery Hale, normally to be awarded annually to a scientist for outstanding contributions to the field of solar astronomy.
- An Honorary Prize in Memory of Karen Harvey, normally awarded annually in recognition of a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career.
- Two Popular Writing Awards to be awarded annually, with the purpose to encourage scientists, science writers, and journalists to write about the Sun and educate the public about results from contemporary solar research.
- The rules and procedures governing these awards are maintained in separate documents overseen by the SPD Committee. The procedures by which the prize selection and award committee members are appointed, the criteria for prizes and awards, and other details may be changed either by a majority vote of the SPD members voting at a business meeting or by a majority approval by the SPD membership voting by electronic ballot.
XI. Amendment of Bylaws
Proposals for amendments to these Bylaws may be made by the Board of Trustees of the Society, by the Committee of the Division, or by a petition to the Chairperson of the Division signed by not fewer than 20 members of the Division. After discussion of the proposed amendment by the Committee at its earliest opportunity, the Secretary shall distribute copies of the proposed amendment to the members of the Board of Trustees of the Society for their review and comment, not less than three weeks prior to the next meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Secretary shall then distribute copies of the proposed amendment, together with the comments of the Board of Trustees, the Committee, and the petitioners, if any, to all members of the Division, not less than three weeks before the next regular meeting. An opportunity shall be given for discussion and changes in the wording of the proposed amendment during the business session. After this meeting the Secretary shall distribute ballots containing the final wording of the proposed amendment to all members of the Division who shall return their ballots not later than three weeks after the date of distribution of the ballot. The adoption of an amendment shall require the affirmative vote of not fewer than two-thirds of the members voting. An amendment, if passed, shall be transmitted to the Secretary of the Society.
Last revised 2019 July 23