Bylaws

  1. NAME, PURPOSE, AND COMMITMENTS

    A. This organization shall be known as the Affective Response Special Research Interest Group (SRIG). It is organized under the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME), a part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

    B. Its purpose shall be to promote high-quality research concerning affective responses to music.

    C. To accomplish its purpose, the Affective Response SRIG is committed to:

    1. providing opportunities for discussion and dissemination of research on affective responses among music educators.

    2. contributing to the music education profession by reaffirming the importance of studying affective responses to music.

    II. MEMBERSHIP

    A. Any member of the National Association for Music Education may be a member of the Affective Response SRIG.

    B. NAfME members may become members by notifying the Affective Response SRIG chair of NAfME headquarters.

    C. An NAfME member may remain a member of the Affective Response SRIG as long as NAfME membership status is held or until a discontinuance notification is sent to the Affective Response SRIG Chair or NAfME headquarters.

    III. ORGANIZATION

    A. Primary executive authority is vested in the National Chair.

    B. The National Chair’s duties include:

    1. Managing the general affairs of the Affective Response SRIG, published on at least an annual basis.

    2. Serving as editor of the Affective Response SRIG newsletter.

    3. Appointing chairs of Ad hoc committees.

    4. Coordinating or writing meeting proposals to the NAfME’s SRIG Coordinator. The proposal for the biennial convention’s meeting is due by March of the term’s first year.

    5. Presenting a biennial report to the NAfME’s SRIG Coordinator.

    6. Serving as the liaison with MERC and with NAfME in general.

    7. Developing the membership, including updating and maintaining the Affective Response SRIG mailing list.

    C. Assumption of Duties by the National Chair:

    1. The National Chair, having served a term as Chair-Elect, assumes duties following election of the new Chair-Elect from the Affective SRIG membership.

    2. If the National Chair resigns or is unable to carry out the duties of that position, the Chair-Elect will become National Chair and the vacated position of Chair-Elect will be filled at the next Biennial Meeting.

    D. Election of the National Chair-Elect

    1. On or before January 1st of the term’s second year, the National Chair shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of at least three people from the Affective Response SRIG membership will collect nominations from the membership and present the names for a vote. A majority vote of those casting secret ballots at the biennial Affective Response SRIG meeting will be required to elect the Chair-Elect. If no nominee receives the required majority vote, a run off election will be held immediately, between the two persons receiving the highest number of votes in the first election.

    2. The Chair-Elect will serve in capacities designated by the National Chair.

    3. If the Chair resigns or is unable to carry out the duties of that position, the Chair-Elect will assume the position of Chair subject to the approval of the MERC SRIG Coordinator.

    E. Terms of Office

    1. The National Chair shall serve a term of two years commencing and ending with the MENC biennial convention.

    2. Ad hoc committees serve a term defined by the National Chair.

    3. The Chair-Elect will serve as the secondary authority in the organization. The Chair-Elect is a two-year term.

    4. The Chair-Elect will assume the position as National-Chair of the organization upon the completion of the Chair’s term.

    IV. MEETINGS

    A. The affective Response SRIG shall hold its formal business meeting and professional session(s) at every biennial convention.

    B. The National Chair shall call formal or informal meetings of the Affective Response SRIG at his/her discretion.

    C. Chairs of the Ad hoc committees shall call meetings of their committees at their discretion.

    V. AMENDMENTS

    A. Any provision of this document that is in conflict with the NAfME constitution or the by-laws of the Music Education Research Council is null and void.

    B. A two-thirds majority vote of those present at the biennial meeting will be necessary to amend this document.

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