Bylaws

 Approved November 3, 1999

  1. Name: Professional Development and Support Committee, a Standing Committee of the American Forensics Association
  2. Purpose:As stated in the Bylaws of the American Forensics Association, Section VII, Section 1, subsection ii:

    "The Professional Development and Support Committee shall be responsible for developing and supporting the highest standards of professional conduct within forensics, and for representing the professional interests of this Association's members to all appropriate constituencies. Included within the responsibilities of this Committee will be the following: develop and promote standards concerning the duties, evaluation, and tenure of forensic educators; and develop and maintain a consulting program to assist in the development and support of forensics professionals at all educational levels. Additional responsibilities may be assigned as appropriate."

  3. Membership : Membership in the Professional Development and Support committee shall be determined by the bylaws governing Standing Committees of the American Forensics Association, as detailed in the Bylaws of the American Forensics Association, Section VII, Section 1:

    "Standing Committees shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the National Council. Efforts shall be taken to assure appropriate representation of membership interests, constituencies, and geographic distribution. Standing Committees shall consist of six members serving for three-year, staggered terms, and shall select their own chair, who shall vote on Committee business only in the case of a tie. In the event of death or resignation of a member from any Standing Committee, the President shall appoint a person to fill the unexpired term with the advice and consent of the National Council. Members of Standing Committees shall not serve more than two complete, consecutive terms on the same committee."

  4. Officers
    1. Chair
      The sole officer of the committee shall be the Chair.
      1. Duties of the Chair
        The chair shall direct the ongoing activities of the committee, serve as the committee's liaison with the President, preside at the annual meeting, and report for the committee to the AFA National Council and at the annual AFA Business Meeting.
      2. Procedures for Nomination and Election of the Chair
        The chair shall be elected from the continuing current membership of the committee. The current chair shall conduct the election for the new chair, tallying the votes and announcing the winner, during the regularly scheduled annual meeting. Election shall be determined by a simple majority of votes. In the case of a tie, the interim chair may vote to break the tie, as mandated in the Bylaws of the American Forensics Association, Section VII, Section 1. If the current chair is nominated for re-election, another committee member may conduct the election of committee chair, tallying the votes and announcing the winner.

        If a quorum is not achieved at the annual meeting, the current chair shall remain as interim chair for as long as it takes to conduct a vote by email or standard mail of the membership of the committee as of the close of the annual meeting and convention. The names of all continuing members of the committee shall be placed on the email or mail ballot. Election shall be determined by a simple majority of votes. In the case of a tie, the interim chair may vote to break the tie, as mandated in the Bylaws of the American Forensics Association, Section VII, Section 1. In the case of an email or standard mail vote, the interim chair shall in a timely fashion conduct the election, tally the votes and announce the winner, who will then assume the duties of chair.

      3. Term of Office of the Chair
        The incoming Chair shall assume office at the close of the annual meeting. Term of office shall be for one year. Previous chairs are eligible for re-election as long as their term on the committee continues.  
    2. Vacancy
      1. Vacancy on committee: As stated in the Bylaws of the American Forensic Association, Section VII, Section 1,

        "In the event of death or resignation of a member from any Standing Committee, the President shall appoint a person to fill the unexpired term with the advice and consent of the National Council."

      2. Vacancy in chair position:
        If a vacancy occurs in the chair position before the end of the chair's one-year term, a convener appointed by the President from among the remaining members of the committee shall function as interim chair in order to conduct an email or standard mail election in a timely fashion, following the procedures for email or mail election described in Article IV of the Bylaws of the Professional Development and Support Committee. 
  5.  Parliamentary Authority
    Meetings and business of the Professional Development and Support Committee shall be conducted according to the procedures prescribed in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised (1990), in accordance with the designation of parliamentary authority cited in the Bylaws of the American Forensic Association, Section IX., Rules of Procedure.
  6. Annual Meeting and Voting Procedures
    1. The date and time of the annual meeting of the committee shall be set by the Vice-President of the American Forensic Association as Convention Planner. 
    2. Quorum: A quorum shall consist of three members of the committee. 
    3. Voting: Each member of the committee present shall have a vote. The voting responsibilities of the chair shall be governed by AFA Bylaws as stated in Section VII., Committees, Section 1., Standing Committees, cited earlier in this document. Proxies shall be specific to particular issues and must be submitted to the chair over the signature of the member. Votes on issues may also be taken at any time during the year between annual meetings via email or standard mail.
  7. VI. Procedure for Amendment of Bylaws
    1. Proposed amendments to these Bylaws may be submitted by any member of the committee, who shall submit the proposed amendment(s) in writing to the chair at least one month prior to the annual meeting. The chair shall then notify and distribute the proposed amendment(s) as worded to all committee members prior to the annual meeting.
    2. Following discussion at the annual meeting, a simple majority vote of the full committee shall be required to approve the amendment. Following such a majority vote, the amendment shall be considered to be in force. If all committee members are not in attendance at the annual meeting, this vote shall be conducted in a timely fashion by the chair in an email or standard mail ballot, following the procedures for email or mail ballots as outlined in Article IV.