I. Name The organization
shall be known as the AERA Special Interest Group: Urban
Learning, Teaching, and Research (ULTR) as founded in
II. Purpose The ULTR promotes collaborative development
and dissemination of its membersÂ’ achievement in
research and professional practice in Urban Learning and
III. Executive Committee and OfficersÂ’ Responsibilities
Â· The Executive Committee consists of Past-Chair,
elected officers, and appointed ad-hoc members.
Â· Elected Officers are Chair, Program Chair,
Secretary-Treasurer, Yearbook Editor, and Associate
Â· 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.
Â· 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.
Â· 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
The Program Chair must have served as proposal reviewer
in previous years.
Â· 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
Â· 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.
Â· 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 Â· 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.
Â· 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.
Â· Officers will be elected by approval of the current
SIG-ULTR membership, by a majority vote at the annual
Â· 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.
Â· 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 Â· 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 ChairÂ’s approval.
Â· 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 Â· 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.
Â· 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