PIC III Bylaws

Revised June 2013


Section 1. The name of this council of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) shall be Professional Interest Council III.
Section 2. The primary objectives of the Council shall be:
  1. To provide a formal organizational structure to promote, encourage, and facilitate ASEE activities pertaining to professional and technical education.
  2. To provide a forum for the discussion of problems and exchange of information pertaining to professional and technical education related to education and technology.
  3. To provide programs at meetings.
  4. To establish and maintain liaison with other organizations concerned with professional and technical education.
Section 1. The Council shall consist of the members of the following Divisions:
  Computing and Information Technology Division
Engineering Design Graphics
Energy Conversion and Conservation
Engineering and Public Policy
First-Year Programs
Liberal Education / Engineering and Society
Engineering Physics and Physics
Technological Literacy
TwoYear College
Section 2. The Board of Directors of ASEE, by majority vote, may change the Divisions and Constituent Committees comprising the Council in any manner. The Council Board, by majority vote, may recommend changes to the ASEE Board of Directors, except that a two-thirds majority vote of the Council Board is required to recommend disestablishment of any existing Division or Constituent Committee.
Section 1. The Council shall have the following officers whose terms of office shall be as indicated:

Chair: 3 years
Assistant Chair: 1 year renewable

Section 2. The duties of each officer of the Council shall be those usually associated with the respective office including the following:
  1. Chair

    The Chair shall have the administrative responsibility for the Council and shall be responsible for all meetings. He/She shall serve as Chair of the Council Board and shall serve as a member of the Board of Directors of ASEE. She/he shall, with the advice of the Council Board, appoint such committees as are necessary for the adequate administration and operation of the Council. The Chair of the Council shall serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.

    He/She shall supply to the officers of the Council up-to-date copies of these bylaws with all amendments, within sixty (60) days following the annual business meeting of the Council, provided that changes were made.

    The Chair/Secretary shall provide an annual report of council activities to the ASEE Board of Directors.

  2. Assistant Chair

    The PIC III Chair may appoint an Assistant Chair from among the members in good standing of any division within PIC III who have completed at least one year as a division officer within PIC III. 

    The duties of the Assistant Chair are as follows:

    1. Assist as directed by the PIC III Chair in the administration of PIC III,
    2. Attend division meetings within PIC III as the PIC III Chair’s representative upon request of the PIC III Chair,
    3. Chair the selection process for PIC-level awards, including but not limited to the PIC III Best Paper Award,
    4. Serve as a member of the PIC III Council Board, and
    5. Other duties as authorized by the Constitution and Bylaws of ASEE.

No person having served as Assistant Chair is eligible to become the immediate successor of any incumbent PIC III Chair who appointed him/her. 

The Assistant Chair may be dismissed from office by the PIC III Chair or by a two-thirds majority vote of the PIC III Council Board in any meeting authorized by Article VI of these bylaws.  If a petition to dismiss the Assistant Chair is presented to the PIC III Chair from at least five of the division chairs, the PIC III Chair must call a special meeting per Section 3, Article VI, to consider such dismissal.  

Section 1.
  1. The Chair of the Council is a National office and will be elected by procedures established by the Board of Directors and Membership of ASEE.
  2. Assumption of office by the Chair shall be concurrent with that of officers of ASEE (typically at the close of the ASEE Annual Conference in the year elected).
  3. In the event that the Chair is unable to complete his/her term of office, succession will be as established by the Constitution and Bylaws of ASEE.
  4. The Assistant Chair may be appointed by the PIC III Chair per Art.III, Sec. 2b.
Section 1. Duties
  1. The Council shall have a Council Board whose duty shall be to promote and coordinate the activities of the Divisions and Constituent Committees.
  2. The Council Board shall serve as a channel of communication for its members and shall make recommendations on matters of concern to the Board of Directors of ASEE.
  3. The Chair shall schedule and arrange for Council Board meetings. It shall administer such other activities as may be desirable for the objectives of the Council.
Section 2. Members

The Council Board shall be the council officers, the Chairs of the standing committees, and one representative from each Division and Constituent Committee listed as Article II, Section 1, of these bylaws. The Division and Constituent Committee representative shall normally be the Chair or the Chair-elect of each Division or Constituent Committee.

Section 3. Proxies

If a representative of a Division or Constituent Committee listed in Article II, Section 1, is unable to serve on the Council Board or attend a Council Board Meeting, the appropriate Division or Constituent Committee shall designate a replacement from among the Officers of the Division or Constituent Committee.

Section 1. The Council Board shall hold its annual business meeting at the time and place of the Annual Conference of ASEE. The time and place of the annual business meeting shall be announced to the members of the Council Board not less than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting.
Section 2. A semiannual meeting may be held at a place and on a date to be selected at the annual business meeting of the Council Board.
Section 3. Special meetings of the Council Board may be called by the Chair upon fifteen (15) days notices to its members.
Section 4. Business of the Council Board may also be conducted by U.S. Mail, fax, or email.
Section 1. The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order (latest edition) shall govern the Council in all cases which are applicable, and in which they are consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of ASEE or the Bylaws of the Council; in other cases the Constitution and Bylaws of ASEE shall govern.
Section 1. These Bylaws, except for Article VII, may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Council Board attending and voting at a meeting of the Board.
Section 2. These Bylaws may also be amended by a letter, Fax, or email ballot of the members of the Council Board, sent by the Chair/Secretary, the amendment being approved if two-thirds or more of the ballots returned within thirty (30) days after they are sent are favorable.
Section 3. Amendments may be proposed by the Council Board or may be submitted by petitions signed by not less than fifty (50) individual members of ASEE to the Council Chair/Secretary through the Executive Director of ASEE.

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