ByLaws

  1. Charge of the Committee and Agenda.
    1. Each Presidential term the committee shall receive a charge from the President.
    2. In addition, in September of each year the chair of the committee shall solicit from all members any items to be placed on the agenda of the annual meeting as part of the committee's charge.  
  2. Chair.
    1. Selection. The election of a new chair shall be an agenda item at each year's annual meeting. All members of the committee whose terms continue past June 30 of the following year and who wish to stand for election shall be placed on a ballot. All members of the committee, regardless of term, are eligible to vote. In the event that all members are present, voting shall occur at the annual meeting; in the event that any member is absent, the outgoing chair shall prepare an email or mail ballot for distribution immediately following the annual meeting. In either event, the outgoing chair shall tally the vote and announce the winner. Previous chairs are eligible for re-election as long as their term on the committee continues.  
    2. Term of office. The chair shall assume office upon the conclusion of the annual meeting (in the vent that voting occurs at the meeting, per above) or upon the completion of voting (if by mail or email, per above).  
    3. Vacancy. In the case of vacancy in the chair, a convener appointed by the President will conduct the election of a replacement.  
    4. Duties of the chair. The chair shall preside at the annual meeting, report for the committee to the National Council and Annual Meeting of the Association, direct the ongoing activities of the committee and serve as the committee's liaison with the President.  
  3. Annual Meeting and Voting.
    1. The date and time of the annual meeting of the committee shall be set by the Vice-President of AFA as Convention planner.  
    2. Quorum. A quorum shall be three members of the committee.  
    3. Voting. Each member of the committee present shall have a vote. Proxies shall be specific to particular issues and must be submitted to the chair over the signature of the member. Votes on issues also may be taken at any time during the year between annual meetings via email or conference call.  
  4. Selection of Editor.
    1. The committee shall complete selection of the editor of Argumentation and Advocacy (and other publications as assigned by the chair) at least one year before the final issue of the outgoing editor. 
    2. At the annual meeting prior to the selection, the committee shall approve a timetable and interview procedure for reviewing candidates.  
    3. At least three months before the deadline for selection above, the chair of the committee shall propagate broadly a call for nomination and self-nomination for editor. After an appropriate interview the committee shall vote by email or conference call for their recommendation for editor. The committee shall report its choice to the President for approval by the National Council.  
  5. Amendment
    1. Amendments to these bylaws may be submitted by any member by submitting it in writing at least one month prior to the annual meeting. The chair shall notify all members of the proposed amendment.  
    2. Following discussion at the annual meeting, the amendment shall be in force if approved by a majority of the full committee at the meeting (if all members are present) or in an email or mail ballot (if any member is absent).

Adopted November 3, 1999