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Proposed Changes to the AAR Bylaws

To: Members of the American Academy of Religion
From:  Alice Hunt, Executive Director
Subject:  Proposed Changes to the AAR Bylaws
Date: October 17, 2018

After careful consideration, the Board of Directors unanimously recommended several revisions to the AAR bylaws

The bylaws outline how revisions and amendments are to be handled:

Article X. Amendment:

These bylaws may be amended by a two‐thirds majority vote of the entire Board of Directors, followed by a two‐thirds majority vote of the Members present and voting at a meeting of the Members, or by mail or electronic ballot. Notice of the proposed revisions and meeting shall be distributed to all Members of the Academy at least thirty days (30) prior to the meeting at which they are to be considered.

With this memo, the Board provides the AAR membership notice of proposed revisions, as well as its intention to bring these proposed revisions to a vote at the AAR’s Annual Business Meeting. The Annual Business Meeting (A18-1) will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM, in the Convention Center-704 (Street Level), in Denver, Colorado.  Please join us at the Annual Business Meeting to discuss and vote on these bylaws revisions.

The proposed bylaws changes are specified below. The actual changes in text is provided for each revision. A strikethrough font (like this) indicates passages or text to be deleted. A red font (like this) represents new text or passages to be added.


Proposed Bylaws Revisions

1. Article II. Purpose and Values

Values. The AAR is committed to promoting equity, responsibility, and democratic accountability Professional Responsibility; Diversity; Inclusion; Respect; Free Inquiry; Critical Examination; Transparency; Academic Excellence within the academic study of religion and in the work of the AAR itself.

2.Article III. Membership, Section 6. Nondiscrimination

Section 6. Nondiscrimination. The AAR shall tolerate no discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, age, physical disability, marital status, or gender status  race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnicity, citizenship, immigration status, sex, gender expression or identification, sexual orientation, disability, religion, culture, political convictions, socioeconomic status, age, health conditions or marital, domestic, or parental status, or any other applicable basis proscribed by law.

3. Article IV. Meetings, Section 2. Quorum

Section 2. Quorum. Twenty five Twenty-five (25) Members shall constitute a quorum at the annual business meeting. Any business is transacted by majority vote.

4. Article V. Board of Directors, Section 3. Student Director

Section 3. Student Director. A Student Director shall serve a term of two years and may not serve an additional consecutive term. The Student Director must be, at his or her their election, a Student Member.

5.Article V. Board of Directors, Section 5. Regions Director

Section 5. Regions Director. The Regions Director must be a Member with experience in the leadership of an AAR Region as a Regionally Elected Director Coordinator, President, Vice President, or Treasurer of an AAR region. The Regions Director shall serve a term of three years and may not serve an additional consecutive term.

6. Article V. Board of Directors, Section 11. Board Meetings

Section 11. Board Meetings. The Board of Directors shall meet at least twice a year at a time and place established well in advance, and at other times it determines to be in the Academy’s interests. Meetings may take place by any means of communication by which all members can hear each other simultaneously. Notice of the time and place of the meeting shall be given. In emergencies, special meetings of the Board may be called by the President, by the Executive Committee, or by written request of at least a third of the Board members. At least two days days’ notice shall be given of special meetings of the Board. At all meetings of the Board of Directors, a majority of the total number of directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The right and duty of a Director to attend Board meetings and to vote shall not be delegated to another nor exercised by proxy.

7. Article V. Board of Directors, Section 14. Governance Transition

Article V. Board of Directors Section 14. Governance Transition

Section 14. Governance Transition. This section is in effect for a limited period for the purpose of effecting the governance transition recommended by the Governance Task Force, including reorganization of the Board of Directors. This provision is in effect for the period beginning immediately after approval by the Members of these bylaws at the 2010 annual meeting, if so approved, until December 31, 2010, at which time this Section 13 shall no longer be effective.

Notwithstanding anything in the bylaws to the contrary, during the period beginning immediately after approval by the Members of these bylaws at the 2010 annual meeting until December 31, 2010, if so approved, the Executive Committee shall have the authority to extend the terms of office for one year of some of the Directors serving on the Board in 2010. The Executive Committee shall also recommend to the Board of Directors nominees for appointment to serve on the Board beginning January 1, 2011, and their terms for the purpose of staggering terms. The Board shall appoint new directors to fill the vacancies created by reorganization of the Board pursuant to the amended bylaws.

8. Article VI. Officers, Section 5. Secretary

Section 5. Secretary. The Secretary is responsible for keeping the minutes of the meetings of the Members, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee. The Secretary serves a term of three years or until his or her their successor is elected and may not serve an additional consecutive term.

9. Article VI. Officers, Section 6. Treasurer

Section 6. Treasurer. The Treasurer is responsible for the funds of the Academy, as well as their accurate accounting. The Treasurer also proposes an annual budget to the Board of Directors and sees to the completion of an annual external audit. The Treasurer serves for a term of three years or until his or her their successor is elected and may not serve an additional consecutive term. The Treasurer serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.

10. Article VII. Committees of the Board and Working Groups

Part I. Committees of the Board

Section 4. Nominations Committee. Governance and Leadership Development Committee. The Nominations Committee Governance and Leadership Development Committee shall present to the Board at least two candidates to run for each AAR Director position elected by vote of the membership. The criteria for nomination include distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service to the Academy. The Committee selects candidates so as to bring the rich diversity of the AAR membership to the Board of Directors. The Committee shall be composed of five members: three Members who are not on the Board of Directors, the immediate past president of the Academy, and the Status Committee Director. The three non‐director Members shall serve a term of three years and may not serve additional consecutive terms. The Nominations Committee Governance and Leadership Development Committee may also recommend to the Board policies and procedures concerning elections to leadership positions. The Executive Director shall staff this committee.


List of Amendments

Current AAR Bylaws

Amended Bylaws, pending approval