Article I: Name and Purpose
The name of this organization shall be the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis (ILABA). ILABA is a regional organization whose purposes are to promote the analytical science of behavior and the application of its associated technologies within the State of Illinois. Specifically, the organization will:
a) Serve as a scientific and professional reference group for all in the State of Illinois who identify themselves as scientists or practitioners in disciplines that embrace the principles and practices of behavior analysis.
b) Promote research that will advance understanding of both human and animal behavior.
c) Identify and promote the use of effective and humane behavioral systems in meeting the educational and habilitative needs of all persons within the State of Illinois.
d) Advise political, legislative, and policy-making bodies with respect to all matters pertaining to behavior analysis in the State of Illinois.
e) Organize and sponsor an annual convention that will serve as a forum for presentation of scientific and technological achievements as well as for discussion of the affairs of the organization at the discretion of the Board.
f) Publish and distribute an official newsletter devoted to dissemination of scientific and technological achievements within the scope of behavior analysis and to matters of interest to the membership.
Article II: Membership
ILABA shall have three classes of members: Full, Student/Technician, and Affiliate. Membership is contingent upon payment of IL-ABA dues and upon fulfillment of the following conditions. Membership dues will be set by a vote of the Board.
o Full Members must hold a minimum of a master's degree in psychology, behavior analysis, or a related discipline.
o Student/Technician Members are those who do not meet criteria for Full membership and are either 1) currently enrolled in a college degree program or in a post-graduate training program in behavior analysis or a related discipline and/or 2) working full or part time in the delivery of behavior analytic services under the supervision of a behavior analyst.
o Affiliate Members are those who do not qualify as Student or Full Members.
Article III: Governance
Elected Positions- The following elected positions will comprise the Board and constitute all voting members of the Board:
• President- The President is elected to a four-year term. This individual serves as President-Elect during the first two years and President during the second two years. As President-Elect, this person is responsible shadowing the current President for training purposes. During the President term, this person is responsible for coordinating Board meetings and implementation of strategic actions at the discretion of the Board. Additionally, the President coordinates the annual convention (as the Chair of the Conference Planning committee) and acts as its master of ceremonies. The President may also appoint an existing Board Member as chair of the Conference Planning Committee to assume these duties. In the event that a President cannot complete their term, the President-Elect will assume the office.
• Operations Coordinator- The Operations Coordinator serves a three-year term; during the first year of this term, as Operations Coordinator-Elect, this individual will shadow the currently appointed Operations Coordinator for training purposes. During the second year, the Operations Coordinator keeps minutes at the annual Business Meeting, conducts officer elections, archives important documents related to organization business, and communicates with members as needed. During the third year of the term, as Past Operations Coordinator, this individual supports the current Operations Coordinator in an advisory capacity.
• Members at Large – Four Members at Large will serve as committee chairs and advise organization policy as needed. Members at Large serve four-year terms. Their elections shall be staggered so that one Member at Large is elected each year.
• Student Representative- The Student Representative functions in the same capacity as a Member at Large and serves a two-year term.
Appointed Positions- The following positions are appointed by the Board and do not have voting privileges:
• Treasurer- The Treasurer manages the organization's financial affairs in consultation with the Board of Directors. The Treasurer will be appointed by nomination of a Board Member and require a majority vote of Board Members to be appointed. This position has no term limits. In the event that the Treasurer wishes to resign, a 90-day notice shall be provided to the Board. The Board shall appoint a successor during the 90-day window. In the event that the Board wishes to change the appointment of the Treasurer, a majority Board Member vote is required to displace the currently appointed individual.
• Managers- In order to provide continuity, there will be 2 “manager” slots that will be filled on a discretionary basis that do not have term limits, but that serve to orient new board members and to facilitate ongoing business of the association. These positions will be appointed at the Board’s discretion and require a majority vote of Board Members to be appointed. In the event that an individual filling either of these 2 slots wishes to resign, a 90-day notice shall be provided to the board. In the event that the Board wishes to change the appointments for either of these 2 positions, a majority Board Member vote is required to displace the currently appointed individual.
Elections and Voting-
• Prior to the Business Meeting at the annual convention, the Operations Coordinator shall invite nominations from all members via email and ask nominees if they are willing to stand for election. In order to accept a nomination as Board Member, an individual must be a Full member of ILABA. In order to accept a nomination as the Student Representative, an individual must be a Student/Technician member of ILABA and currently enrolled in a college degree program or in a post-graduate training program in behavior analysis or a related discipline.
• Those who are willing to serve, and are currently full members of ILABA, then become candidates. Elections will be held electronically; candidate bios for all positions will be sent to all current ILABA members along with the ballot. A candidate is elected if endorsed by a plurality of members voting via the online ballot.
• Elected individuals will be notified via email prior to the Business Meeting and formally announced to the membership at the Business Meeting. All terms of office begin upon conclusion of the Business Meeting.
• Nominations and voting for Board positions and other organization business may be conducted online at other times, as situations dictate.
• No individual may hold two ILABA elected offices at the same time. To accept a new office, an individual must resign from a current office.
• Office vacancies created by resignation, other than that of President, will be filled by using the nomination and voting procedures as described above within 60 days of the vacancy.
Article V: Convention
ILABA shall hold an annual convention at a time and place determined by the President and with the consensus of the Board. Registration costs for the convention vary by membership status. At the annual convention, the President, or a representative appointed by the President, shall convene a Business Meeting to conduct the affairs of the organization. Initiatives proposed at the Business Meeting, other than bylaw amendments, will be enacted if endorsed by a majority of members voting.
Article VI: Amendments
Amendments or changes to these bylaws may be suggested by any Board Member, and are implemented if endorsed by more than two-thirds of the all members voting at the Business Meeting or online voting. Proposed amendments or changes must be submitted in writing to the Board prior to the vote being conducted.