CONSTITUTION of the MATHEMATICS EDUCATION STUDENT ASSOCIATION of The University of Georgia
Article I: Name
The name of the organization shall be the Mathematics Education Student Association of The University of Georgia, abbreviated MESA.
Article II: Purpose
The Mathematics Education Student Association is a professional organization of persons individually and collectively dedicated to the improvement of mathematics education at all levels. Through its services and programs, the association seeks to provide a forum for the exchange and distribution of information and ideas pertaining to mathematics education.
Article III: Membership Eligibility
Student membership is open to all students currently enrolled at The University of Georgia with an interest in mathematics education. Non-voting affiliate membership is open to all non-students. Membership shall not be denied to any person because of age, race, sex, religion, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin. In addition, MESA is in compliance with the UGA Hazing Policy.
Article IV: Officers
Section I: Elected Officers
MESA shall have the following elected officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Colloquium Chair, NCTM Representative, and up to two Undergraduate Representatives. Officers are elected based on a majority vote of all members of MESA. If, for some reason, an officer needs to be removed from office, that may be done by a majority vote of the executive committee.
Section II: Appointed Officers
The President shall appoint committee chairs with the approval of the Executive Committee and Department Head. The chairs may include, but are not limited to the following: Social Chair and Mathematics Contest Chair. The Vice President will typically serve as the Community Outreach Chair and will act as chief correspondent between the appointed committee chairs and the Executive Committee.
The Editor of The Mathematics Educator (TME) shall be appointed by the Executive Committee based upon recommendations by the Department Head, past TME Editor, and current TME Staff. The TME Staff, consisting of up to five members, will be nominated by the Executive Committee. This staff may include a Circulation Editor, a Layout Editor, a Co-Editor, reviewers and other positions deemed appropriate by the Editor and the Executive Committee.
Section III: Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall consist of all officers, both elected and appointed, and the immediate past president of MESA. If the immediate past president is unable or unwilling to serve on the Executive Committee, then the current president shall appoint another immediate past elected officer to fill the vacancy. This appointment shall be approved by the Department Head and the other members of the Executive Committee. All elected officers shall be voting members of the Executive Committee, and all appointed officers shall be non-voting members of the Executive Committee.
Section IV: Vacancies
In case of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice-President shall succeed to the Presidency. All other vacancies on the Executive Committee shall be filled for the unexpired term by a person appointed by the President with approval of the Executive Committee and the Department Head.
Article V: Meetings
Regular business meetings of MESA shall be held once each semester. Additional business meetings and Executive Committee meetings shall be called by the President as necessary or as requested by the membership and approved by the Executive Committee.
Article VI: Amendment Procedures
This constitution may be amended at a meeting of the organization by a two-thirds vote of the members present. Any proposed amendment to this constitution, along with the date and location of the meeting at which the amendment will be considered, shall be presented in writing to the individual members at least 30 days in advance of the meeting.
Article VII: Dissolution Clause
If at any time MESA shall cease to carry out the purposes stated in Article II, all assets and property held by it, whether in trust or otherwise, shall, after payment of liabilities, be paid over to an organization selected by the final Executive Committee. Such organization must have similar purposes, and all assets and property shall be used exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational programs.
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