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ATHE DIRECTING FOCUS GROUP BY LAWS
UPDATED AND APPROVED AUGUST 2014
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization is Directing, a program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of Directing is to:
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Membership in Directing is open to all members of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education at no fee.
ARTICLE IV – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DIRECTING FOCUS GROUP
The leadership for the Directing shall be provided by the Focus Group Representative, Conference Planner, Secretary/Treasurer, Information Coordinator, Graduate Student Representative, and Members-at-Large elected at the annual business meeting.
Focus Group Representative – Elected for a two-year term, responsible for scheduling and conducting the annual business meetings of the Focus Group and;
Conference Planner – Elected for a parallel two years with the Representative to the Focus Group, responsible for:
In addition to the above, Directing Focus Group recognizes that the automatic succession of Conference Planner to Focus Group Representative was and is intended to accomplish at least four purposes:
Secretary/Treasurer – Elected for a two year term with the following responsibilities:
Information Officer—elected for two years, with the possibility of serving for additional terms if so elected. The office will entail the following responsibilities:
Graduate Student Representative – elected for two years on alternative years to that of the Focus Group Representative and the Conference Planner. The Graduate Student Representative must be a graduate student at the time of the election but s/he need not be in graduate school for the whole term of office. The graduate student is responsible for:
Conference Planner-Elect – elected for a one year term and to succeed as Conference Planner. The Conference Planner-Elect is elected at the beginning of the Conference Planner’s second year term and this election occurs at the DP annual Business Meeting.
Conference Planner-Elect will entail these responsibilities:
To provide for continuing Directing Focus Group leadership from officers who have gained DFG leadership experience in conference planning, in the event that any officer desires to leave office or before the end of term, that office will be replaced for the length of the term by a previous Focus Group Representative, Conference Planner or Conference Planner-Elect. Appointment or election will be at the discretion of the current highest officer not leaving office; first the Focus Group Representative, followed by Conference Planner, Immediate Past Focus Group Rep, Secretary/Treasurer, Information Coordinator, and then the Conference Planner-Elect.
Immediate Past Focus Group Representative—in order to further continuity and stability in leadership and conference planning, after the completion of a two year term, the FGR will remain a member of the Executive Committee for two years. As such, the Immediate Past FGR will mentor and consult as requested with the incoming FGR and Conference Planner, vet session proposals for conferences and pre-cons, and represent the focus group as needed in the absence of the FGR or CP.
ARTICLE V – VOTING
All members are eligible to vote on all issues presented to the membership. In the event of a tie, the Representative may cast the deciding vote. A quorum shall consist of no less than four members from the Directing Focus Group.
ARTICLE VI – ANNUAL MEETING
The annual Focus Group meeting will be held at the annual ATHE Conference. The Focus Group Representative will be responsible for developing the agenda for this meeting.
ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS
These Articles of Operation may be amended by a vote of the majority of those members attending the Annual Meeting and voting by proxy. Online notification of amendments to the Articles of Operation are to be posted on the DPList at least one week prior to the annual conference. Proxy votes may be received online up to three days before the start of the annual conference.