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I. Name The organization shall be known as the AERA Special Interest Group: Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research (ULTR) as founded in October 2000.
II. Purpose The ULTR promotes collaborative development and dissemination of its membersÂ’ achievement in research and professional practice in Urban Learning and Teaching.
III. Executive Committee and Officers’ Responsibilities · The Executive Committee consists of Past-Chair, elected officers, and appointed ad-hoc members.
· Elected Officers are Chair, Program Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, Yearbook Editor, and Associate Editor.
· Past-Chair: The Past-Chair assists the current Chair and other officers in ULTR activities, chairs the nominations committee for new officers, and provides consultation as necessary.
· Chair: The Chair coordinates the ULTR activities with AERA in accordance with the established by-laws, maintains responsibilities for activities of the ULTR, and provides leadership in all aspects of the ULTR organization. The Chair may also appoint ad hoc members to serve in various capacities during his/her tenure when needs arise. The Chair must have served as Program Chair in previous years.
· Program Chair: The Program-Chair maintains responsibilities for all presentation activities of the ULTR for and during the annual meeting, including dissemination of Call-for-Proposals, recruitment of proposal reviewers, coordination of the proposal review process, and preparation of necessary documents for the AERA headquarter.
The Program Chair must have served as proposal reviewer in previous years.
· Secretary-Treasurer: The secretary-treasurer maintains the current membership directory and the SIG-ULTR fiscal account, disseminates information to members, and prepares minutes and financial reports for the annual business meeting.
· Yearbook Editor: The Yearbook Editor oversees all activities required for the publication of the yearbook, including dissemination of Call-for-papers, recruitment for the editorial board, coordination of the review process, and the production process (editing, printing, and binding). The Yearbook Editor must have served as Associate Editor in previous years.
· Associate Editor: The Associate Editor assists Yearbook Editor with the publication of the yearbook. The Associate Editor oversees all activities required for the publication of the newsletters if any. The Associate Editor must have served on the editorial board in previous years.
IV. Election of Officers · Nominations committee will be organized by the Past-Chair to include two other current SIG-ULTR members who will not be the candidates for the offices. Whenever possible, two other members must be past or current officers.
· The nominations committee will consider individuals nominated, prepare the slate, and conduct the election. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted. If more than one person is nominated for an office, voting shall be by secret ballot.
· Officers will be elected by approval of the current SIG-ULTR membership, by a majority vote at the annual business meeting.
· Officers will be elected to serve for the one-year term. No officer can serve more than three terms in succession for the same office as according to the regulation of AERA.
· If vacancies occur after the election, officers will be appointed by the Chair for the remaining term.
V. Dues The ULTR will charge dues appropriate to cover the costs of the ULTR activities and SIG membership due for AERA. The level of dues will be set by the Executive Committee each year. The budget, prepared by the Chair, must be approved by the Executive Committee before funds can be expended.
VI. Meetings · There shall be an ULTR business meeting held each year in conjunction with the AERA annual meeting. Arrangements for the time and place of this meeting are the responsibility of the Program Chair, with the Chair’s approval.
· Executive Committee meetings shall be arranged by the Chair as necessary.
VII. Amendments Amendments to SIG-ULTR by-laws may be proposed by the executive committee or through a petition from 20% of the current SIG-ULTR members. Proposed amendments will be discussed and voted upon during the annual business meeting. Approval by a majority of those attending the annual business meeting is required to pass an amendment.
VIII. Discontinuation · In the event that interest in ULTR shall be diminished, its purpose sufficiently fulfilled by another organization, or it is unable to sustain membership in AERA, the organization may be discontinued. The decision to discontinue shall be made by a two-thirds vote of the members voting at a duly called business meeting.
· Should ULTR discontinue, its assets shall be used to pay all outstanding bills, debts, and obligations incurred in its operation. Any remaining funds shall be donated to the American Educational Research Association

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