DIVISION 3 BYLAWS
Revised August 2013

Article I. Name and Purpose

1. The name of this organization shall be the Division of Experimental Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

2. The purpose of this organization shall be (a) to promote teaching and research in the general field of experimental, b) to stimulate the exchange of information among its members, (c) to encourage the development of psychology as a science, and (d) to develop close relations and interchange of information with other sciences.

Article II. Division Membership

1. The Division shall consist of five classes of members: Fellows, Members, Associates, Affiliates, and Student Affiliates.

2. Fellows of the Division shall be persons who have been elected Fellows by the American Psychological Association, and who, in addition, satisfy the following requirements: (a) at least five years of experience in experimental psychology subsequent to the doctoral degree, (b) publication of significant contributions in the field of experimental psychology in addition to research carried out for the doctoral degree, (c) active engagement in research, and (d) at least one year of membership in the Division. The election of Fellows into the Division shall be upon recommendation by three Fellows of the Division, approval by the Executive Committee, and approval by the Council of Representatives .

3. The Secretary-Treasurer shall send to the Executive Committee the names of all APA members who apply to become Members of the Division.  Subject to review by the Executive Committee, Members shall be persons (a) who are Members of the American Psychological Association, and (b) who have expressed an interest in the field of general experimental psychology.

4. The Secretary-Treasurer shall send to the Executive Committee the names of all APA associates who apply to become Associates of the Division.   Subject to review by the Executive Committee, Associates shall be persons (a) who are Associates of the American Psychological Association, and (b) whose principle field of study and/or research is within the field of general experimental psychology.

5. The Secretary-Treasurer shall send to the Executive Committee the names of all persons who apply to become Affiliates of the Division.   Subject to review by the Executive Committee, Affiliates shall be persons who are not Members of the American Psychological Association, but whose qualifications otherwise are at least equivalent to those required for Member status in the Division, or persons who are Members of Teachers of Psychology in the Secondary Schools.

6. Student Affiliates of the American Psychological Association whose principal field of study or research program is within the field of general experimental psychology may become Student Affiliates of the Division.   Student Affiliates of the Division of Experimental Psychology shall have such privileges as may be granted by the Executive Committee.

7. Membership in the Division shall take effect immediately following election, provided that dues requirements, administered either by the Central Office of the Association (for Fellows, Members, and Associates) or by the Secretary-Treasurer (for Affiliates), shall have been satisfied.

8. Any member may be expelled from the Division for cause by a two-thirds vote, taken by secret ballot, of the Fellows present and voting at an annual meeting. Such vote shall be taken only upon recommendation by a special committee of three members to be appointed by the Executive Committee to investigate the particular case, the committee's recommendation to be submitted (a) only after it has accumulated the relevant facts and has given the member an opportunity to answer the charges both in writing and by appearing in person before the committee, and (b) after the committee's recommendations have been reviewed and approved by a majority vote, taken by secret ballot, of the Division Executive Committee.

9. Any member whose dues and special assessments remain unpaid for two successive years shall automatically be dropped from membership in the Division. Affiliates whose divisional dues remain unpaid for one year shall automatically be dropped from membership in the Division. Reinstatement shall be by majority vote of the Executive Committee, upon application and payment of such past dues and assessments as the Committee may require.

10. On all matters calling for action by the membership of the Division, each Fellow and Member (and each Associate and Affiliate, unless otherwise provided) shall have one vote, and no voting proxy shall be allowed.

Article III. Division Officers

1. The officers of the Division shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Past-President, a Secretary-Treasurer, the Divisional Representatives to the Council of Representatives (as provided for in Article IV of the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association), and six Members-At-Large of the Executive Committee. Only Fellows of the Division shall be eligible to serve as officers of Division.

2. The term of office of President shall be one year. The term of the President-Elect shall be one year, after which he/she shall serve one year as President. The term of office of Past-President shall be the one year immediately following his/her term as President. The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve for a term of three years, and shall not serve more than two terms without at least three years intervening. The terms of Divisional Representatives shall be governed by the provisions of the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association. The Members-At-Large of the Executive Committee shall serve for a term of three years and shall be ineligible for re-election without at least one year intervening.

3. The Secretary-Treasurer may not serve concurrently as Divisional President or Divisional President-Elect. Members-At-Large may not serve concurrently as Divisional Representatives. The Divisional Representatives and Members-At-Large, however, may also serve as President, President-Elect, Past-President, or Secretary-Treasurer if duly elected.

4. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all Division meetings, to act as Chair of the Executive Committee, to present an address at the annual meeting of the Division, to exercise supervision over the affairs of the Division with the approval of the Executive Committee, and to perform such other duties as are incident to the office or as may properly be required by vote of the Committee. In case of absence or incapacity, the President's duties shall be assumed by the President-Elect.

5. It shall be the duty of the Secretary-Treasurer to keep the records of all meetings of the Division, to issue notices of meetings and calls for nominations of officers of the Division, to have custody of all funds and property of the Division, to receive dues allotments and properly voted special assessments collected by the Central Office of the Association from Associates, Members, and Fellows, to receive dues and special assessments from Affiliates, to make disbursements as authorized by the Executive Committee, and to serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

6. It shall be the duty of the Divisional Representatives to perform the duties and accept the responsibilities specified in Article III of the Bylaws of the Association. The Representatives shall also serve as members of the Executive Committee.

7. In the case of the death, incapacity, or resignation of any officer, the Executive Committee shall, by majority vote, except as provided in Section 4 above, elect a successor to serve through the annual meeting of the Division following the next regular election.

8. In the event that the formation of a coalition with another division results in the apportionment of an additional Representative to Council, the Executive Committee is empowered to select such Representative jointly with the other division, to serve through the annual meeting following the next regular election. In the event of reduction in the number of Divisional Representatives, as provided by Article IV of the Bylaws of the Association, the Executive Committee shall carry out the required recall by majority vote.

Article IV. Division Executive Committee

1. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of all officers of the Division. These shall be the Divisional President, the Divisional President-Elect, the Divisional Past-President, the Secretary-Treasurer, the Divisional Representatives, any past Divisional Representatives serving on the Board of Directors, and six Members-At-Large. In addition, at the discretion of the Executive Committee, persons occupying other positions within the Division may be invited to serve as ex officio nonvoting members of the Executive Committee.

2. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Division. All actions of the Executive Committee which are of a continuing nature are subject to the approval by majority vote of the members voting at an annual meeting or by mail ballot.

3. The President shall be Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Division shall be Secretary of the Executive Committee.

4. The President, in consultation with members of the Executive Committee, shall appoint such chairpersons and members of committees as are provided for in Article VII of these Bylaws.

Article V. Nominations and Elections

1. The Officers of the Division shall be elected, according to a preferential voting system, by the Fellows and Members of the Division by mail or online ballot as provided on the APA website, except as provided in Article III and except that the Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected by a majority vote of the Division Executive Committee. 

2. The Secretary-Treasurer shall send an electronic nomination ballot to each Fellow and Member of the Division before January 1 each year. This ballot shall provide two places for each office to be filled. 

3. The nomination ballots shall be returned by the Fellows and Members to the Secretary-Treasurer for counting. The names of those selected, in accordance with Sections 4, 5, and 6 below, shall be transmitted by the Secretary-Treasurer to the Association's Election Committee for inclusion on the election ballot.

4. The election ballot for Divisional President-Elect shall contain the names of the three eligible nominees standing highest on the nomination ballot for this office, who have indicated their willingness to serve if elected. If the number of nominees receiving the requisite number of nominating votes exceeds the number of nominees the bylaws specify for that office, a nominations and elections committee consisting of the Secretary-Treasurer, President, and Past President shall select the needed nominees.

5. The election ballot for Divisional Representative shall contain the names of the three eligible nominees standing highest on the nomination ballot for this office, who have indicated their willingness to serve if elected. If two or more Representatives are to be elected, at least two nominees for each office shall be listed. If the number of nominees receiving the requisite number of nominating votes exceeds the number of nominees the bylaws specify for that office, a nominations and elections committee consisting of the Secretary-Treasurer, President, and Past President shall select the needed nominees.

6. There shall be two Members-At-Large elected each year. The election ballot for Member-At-Large of the Division Executive Committee shall contain the names of the four eligible nominees standing highest on the nomination ballot for this office, who have indicated their willingness to serve if elected. If the number of nominees receiving the requisite number of nominating votes exceeds the number of nominees the bylaws specify for that office, a nominations and elections committee consisting of the Secretary-Treasurer, President, and Past President shall select the needed nominees.

7. Divisional Representatives shall assume office on the first day of January following their election. Other officers shall assume office on the day after the close of the annual divisional meeting following their election. All shall hold office until their successors are elected and accept office in their stead.

Article VI. Meetings

1. The regular annual meeting of the Division shall normally be held during the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. There may be additional meetings of the Division at such time and place as the membership, on recommendation of the Executive Committee, may determine.

2. The purposes of divisional meetings shall be the presentation of scientific reports, the transaction of business, and the discussion of such other matters as may come before the Division. All Fellows, Members, Associates, and Affiliates of the Division shall be eligible to present papers at the annual meeting. Persons who are not members of the Division may be listed as co-authors of papers presented by members. The Executive Committee may specify classes of persons other than members who shall be eligible to present papers, and the Program Committee shall have the right to invite persons, whether members or not, to present papers in the general area of interest of the members.

3. The Division shall seek to coordinate its program with, and participate in the program of the American Psychological Association, but the Division, through its Program Committee, shall have the right to make all such arrangements, including the scheduling of sessions, as are in the interest of the Division members.

4. A quorum at the annual business meeting shall consist of not fewer than ten Fellows and Members of the Division.

Article VII. Committees

1. The committees of the Division shall consist of such standing committees as may be provided by these Bylaws and such special committees as may be established by vote of the members or of the Division Executive Committee, in accordance with Article V, Section 7, of the Bylaws of the American Psychological Association. Committees shall serve for the term of the Divisional President unless otherwise provided for.

2. The Fellows Committee shall consist of three Fellows of the Division, serving staggered terms of three years. Each President-Elect of the Division shall appoint one member, who will serve as the chairperson of the Committee when the President-Elect becomes President. It shall be the duty of this Committee to examine the qualifications of Members to become Fellows of the Division and shall recommend to the Division Executive Committee those Members who met the Fellowship requirements, as provided for in Article II, Section 2, of these Bylaws and in Article II, Section 3, of the Bylaws of the Association.

3. The Program Committee shall consist of three Members or Fellows of the Division, serving staggered terms of three years. Each  President-Elect of the Division shall appoint one member, who will serve as  the chairperson of the Committee when the President-Elect becomes President. It shall be the duty of the Program Committee to make arrangements for the program of the annual meeting and any other meetings of the Division voted in accordance with the provision of Article VI of these Bylaws.

Article VIII. Dues

1. The Annual dues of Fellows, Members, and Associates shall be paid to the Division by the American Psychological Association from those members' general dues to the Association, as provided for in Article XVIII of the Bylaws of the Association.

2. The Levy of special assessments on Fellows, Members, and Associates shall be determined by majority vote of those Fellows and Members voting at an annual meeting, upon recommendation by the Executive Committee. They will be included in the next annual dues statement of the Association, and will be collected and paid to the Division by the Association.

3. Annual and special dues of Affiliates shall be established by the Executive Committee.

Article IX. Amendments

1. The Division, by vote of two-third of the Fellows and Members voting at any annual business meeting, or by a majority of those Fellows and Members of the Division voting on a mail or electronic ballot, may adopt such amendments to these Bylaws as have been (a) presented and read at the preceding annual business meeting or (b) circulated to the membership at least two months prior to the final vote on the proposed amendments. Circulation may be carried out by publication in the official newsletter of the Division and by an electronic mailing to the last known address of the members.

Revised:
January 1975
July 1977
August 1991
August 1992
August 1996
August 2010
August 2012
August 2013
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