CONSTITUTION OF THE

            INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY (IAAP)

        ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE DE PSYCHOLOGIE APPLIQUEE (AIPA)

 

MISSION AIMS AND MEMBERSHIP

 

 

ARTICLE 1 - The mission aim of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY shall be to promote the science and practice of applied psychology and to facilitate interaction and communication among applied psychologists around the world  on the one hand, to establish contact between those who, in different countries, devote themselves to scientific work in the various fields of applied psychology, and on the other hand, to advance the study and achievement of means likely to contribute to scientific and social development in these fields.

 

Rationale

 

Mission’ is a more contemporary word than ‘aims’ and the revised statement of the mission is leaner and cleaner than the previous one.

 

ART. 2 - The life of the Association shall be indeterminate.  The Association may be chartered, registered or otherwise certified in various countries shall have its headquarters in Sweden, but have its Secretariat at the address of the Secretary General.  The administrative language shall be English and French.

 

Rationale

 

Although, evidently, IAAP once had its headquarters in Sweden and was reputed to be registered in that country, despite an exhaustive search initiated by previous IAAP Officers, no records of this exist as these were apparently destroyed in previous wars. What the new wording states is what is in line with current practice.

 

ART. 3 - The Association's activities shall be:

 

(i)         organising periodic international congresses, regional conferences and workshops;

 

(ii)        forming permanent international working committees for the study of particular problems;

 

(iii)       publishing periodic learned journals;

 

(iv)       disseminating information through printed and electronic communication;

 

(v)        organization of research and experiments in parallel in different countries, and publication of a periodical journal and such  implementing other means as may be approved by the Board of Directors. members in General Assembly.

 

Rationale

 

(i)  this takes into account the expanding spheres of activity of IAAP

 

(ii)  the verb inserted here keeps the new format uniform

 

(iii) this takes into account the publication Applied Psychology: an International Review and the European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology

 

IAAP’s second journal (the European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology)

 

(iv) this takes into account advances in information and communication technology.

 

(v) this acknowledges the fact that IAAP does not conduct research and experiments in

 parallel

 

(v) this amendment to abolish the General Assembly was passed in principle at the Board of Directors meeting in Singapore in 2002.

 

ART. 4 - The Association shall consist of:

 

(i)         Full Members;

(ii)        Student Members;

(iii)       Honorary Members;

(iv)       Fellows Associate Members;

(v)        Affiliate International Organization Members.

 

Rationale

 

IAAP does not have an associate category now and thus this category is redundant.

The category of Fellow is a new one aimed at giving recognition to distinguished psychologists who have made substantial contributions to applied psychology.

 

To qualify for Full Membership candidates shall be required:

 

(a)        to be eligible in their national/regional psychological societies or associations;

(b)        to be supported by two Full Members in good standing;

(b)        to be accepted by the Officers of the Association.

 

Rationale

 

The original requirements under b make it difficult to attract members.

 

To qualify for Student Membership a candidate shall be required:

 

(a)        to be a student in good standing in an appropriate academic program to have reached graduate level in university studies of psychology;

(b)        to have the status of graduate student certified by the respective Department Chair;

(c)        to be supported by one Full Member in good standing;

(b)        to be accepted by the Board of Officers of the Association.

 

Student memberships are limited in time to four years.

 

The President of the Student Division shall serve ex officio on the Board of Directors.

 

{AND IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THIS ITEM BE TRANSFERRED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS SECTION}

 

Rationale

 

The original requirements under a, b, and c make it difficult to attract student members.

The term Board of Officer is described later in the Constitution under Article 6.

With respect to the length of time of student membership, Blackwell now uses the approach that after three years students have to prove that they are still students.

 

To qualify for Honorary Membership candidates shall be required:

 

(a)        to have rendered outstanding services in one of the different fields of applied psychology or related fields;

 (b)       to be granted the title of Honorary Member by the Association in General Meeting on the recommendation of the Board of Officers Executive Committee.

 

Rationale

 

This makes it easier and faster to confer the honour.

 

 

To qualify to be a Fellow a candidate shall be required to:

 

(a)        be qualified for Full Member status in IAAP;

 

(b)        have had at least five years of professional experience;

 

(c)        be a distinguished psychologist who has made substantial contributions to applied psychology.

 

A Fellow is also a Full Member and pays the same dues unless the Board of Directors directs otherwise.

 

To qualify for Associate Membership a candidate shall be required:

 

(a)        to practice in one of the different fields of applied psychology or in related domains;

(b)        to be nominated by the President of one of the IAAP Divisions;

to be accepted by the Officers of the Association.

 

Rationale

 

This follows on automatically with the adoption of (iv) above.

 

To qualify for Affiliate International Organization Member a candidate shall be required:

 

(a)        to have the status of an international psychological society or association with a focus on one of the fields of applied psychology;

(b)        to be accepted by the Board of Directors. Executive Committee.

 

All new applications for Membership will be processed by the Secretary General.

 

The annual dues subscription for Membership shall be fixed by the Board of Directors Executive Committee.  The Board of Directors Executive Committee may decide on differential subscription fees within one membership category according to needs and possibilities of candidates and members.

 

The title of Honorary Member may be granted by the Association in General Meeting on the recommendation of the Board of Directors Executive Committee to persons who are rendering or who have rendered outstanding services in one of the different fields of applied psychology.  Honorary Members shall have the right to take part in congresses and to receive publications of the Association and to be present at General Meetings without being required to pay dues a subscription.

 

Rationale

 

"Dues" is recommended rather than subscription to make it clear that members are not just paying a subscription to the journal but are paying dues to obtain all of the benefits of membership, one of which is the journal. 

 

ART. 5 - Membership of the Association shall be brought to an end:

 

(i)         by resignation;

(ii)        by a decision of the Board of Directors Executive Committee in case of arrears in payment of subscription for two years or for some serious reason without awaiting a meeting of the Board of Directors General Meeting of the assembly, it being understood that the member in question has been first called upon to furnish explanations.

 

ART. 6 - The Association shall be administered by a Board of Directors  Executive Committee composed of not less than 24 and not more than 45 members elected by the Board of Directors Association in General Meeting and chosen from among Full Members of the Association.  In addition, the Divisional Presidents shall be members of the Board of Directors Executive Committee while in Office.

 

One-third of the members of the Board of Directors Executive Committee, or if their number is not a multiple of three then the number nearest to but not exceeding one-third, shall retire from office at each IAAP congress.  Retiring members of the Board of Directors Executive Committee  shall retain office until the conclusion of the Congress General Meeting at which they are due to retire.  The members of the Board of Directors Executive Committee to retire shall be those who have been longest in office since their last election.  As between members of equal seniority, members to retire shall (unless such members of equal seniority shall agree among themselves) be selected from among them by lot.  A retiring member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee shall be eligible for re-election.

 

It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors Executive Committee to propose to the Association in General Meeting the names of Full Members of the Association for election to the Board of Directors Executive Committee.  Other nominations for the Board of Directors Executive Committee may be made by Full Members of the Association provided they are seconded by two other Full Members and forwarded in writing to the Secretary General of the Association at least eight weeks before the Board of Directors meeting General Meeting of the Association together with the consent in writing of the nominee.

 

The vote for the election of members of the Board of Directors Executive Committee at a General Meeting shall take place by a show of hands unless a ballot is demanded by twenty full members present.

 

The Board of Directors Executive Committee may, from time to time and at any time, co-opt any Full Member of the Association as a member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee either to fill a casual vacancy or by way of addition to the Board of Directors Executive Committee provided always that the total number of members of the Board of Directors Executive Committee does not exceed the maximum laid down above.

 

Any members so co-opted shall retain their office only until the next Board of Directors meeting General Meeting, but shall then be eligible for re-election, and any member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee who so retires shall not be taken into account in determining the number of members of the Board of Directors Executive Committee who are to retire by rotation at such Meeting.

 

The Board of Directors Executive Committee shall appoint, according to rules of procedure which it shall itself determine, a Board of Officers an Office composed of a President, a President Elect, a Secretary General, a Treasurer, and a Past President, who shall be ex-officio members of the Office and of the Board of Directors Executive Committee.

 

If members of the Board of Officers Office thus appointed are not at the same time of

their appointment a member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee, they will be

a member of the Board Executive Committee ex-officio but shall retain their membership

of the Board of Directors Executive Committee only until the next meeting of the Board

General Meeting, when they will then be eligible for re-election, and they will not be taken

into account in determining the number of members of the Board of Directors Executive

 Committee who are to retire by rotation at such General Meeting.

 

The Board of Officers shall be the administrative agent of the Board of Directors and shall exercise general supervision over the affairs of the Association.  In the intervals between meetings of the Board of Directors, the Board of Officers shall have the authority to take such actions as are necessary for the conduct of the Association's affairs.  Actions taken on behalf of the Board of Directors between regular meetings shall be reported to the Board of Directors at the next regular meeting and are subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.

 

The terms of Office are as follows: President, 4 years, no re-election; President Elect, 4 years; Secretary General, 4 years, 1 re-election possible; Treasurer, 4 years, 1 re-election possible; Past President, 4 years.  Also, the President Elect cannot be from the same continent as the President.

 

Rationale

 

Besides being complicated and difficult to understand, paragraph 8 is effectively redundant because once Officers are elected they automatically become members of the Board of Directores ex officio.

 

The term Board of Officers replaces the term Office and the substantive recommendation above describes its role and authority.

 

 

ART. 7 - The Board of Directors Executive Committee shall meet regularly at before each IAAP congress and at each International Congress of Psychology.  If special need arises, it shall be summoned in the interval between congresses on the demand of eight of its members or by the Board of Officers Office.  A vote may be taken by correspondence or electronic communication in the interval between congresses but such actions must be ratified at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

 

Rationale

 

The change in time of the Board of Directors meeting gives more flexibility than before, as does the capacity to conduct voting using electronic means of communication.

 

ART. 8 - A General Meeting of the Association shall consist of Full Members, and Honorary Members.  A General Meeting shall be held during the course of each international congress, and at any time that it is summoned by the Board of Directors Executive Committee or on the demand of at least twenty-five members of the Association entitled to attend a General Meeting.  Notices convening General Meetings shall be in the form determined by the Office.

 

The agenda of the General Meeting shall be proposed by the Board of Directors Executive Committee and submitted to the approval of the General Meeting.  The Board of Directors Executive Committee shall be responsible to the members in General Meeting for the general and financial administration of the Association, and the accounts and the budget shall be presented to the General Meeting for approval.  The General Meeting shall discuss the questions on the agenda paper and, if necessary, appoint members of the Board of Directors Executive Committee.

 

{PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INTENTION IS TO REPLATE ARTICLE 8 ABOVE WITH ARTICLE 8 BELOW}

 

ART. 8 - Divisions may be organized to represent major scientific and professional interests that lie within the Association.  Each Full Member of the Association is entitled to join two divisions.  Student members are entitled to join two divisions in addition to the Student Division.

 

A division may be established upon petition to the Board of Directors.  A division may be dissolved by the Board of Directors when the division votes to recommend dissolution or is deemed by the Board of Directors to be inactive.

 

A division shall have a President and a Secretary and such other officers as specified in the Rules of Procedure pertaining to the role and functioning of Divisions.

 

Each division is entitled to receive, from the IAAP general dues, funds to be allocated by the Board of Directors for each member in good standing.  Accordingly, each division shall submit annually to the Board of Directors a report which covers the activities of the Division during the preceding year.

 

The President of the Student Division shall serve ex officio on the Board of Directors.

 

Rationale

 

The previous Article 8 concerning the General Assembly and its function should be deleted in accordance with the vote of the BOD taken in Singapore.

 

The new Article 8 clarifies the role and functioning of Divisions which have been progressively admitted to IAAP since the last substantial revision of the Constitution.

 

The membership of the President of the Student Division takes into account the formation of this Division since the Constitution was last revised.

 

ART. 9 - Payment of expenses shall be made by the Treasurer who alone shall have the power to pledge the Association's credit, to receive cash, to open postal or banking accounts, and to sign cheques in the Association's name.  In the absence of the Treasurer, the President or the Secretary General are authorised to sign cheques in the Association's name.  In addition, sub-treasurers may also be authorised by the Treasurer to open postal or banking accounts and to collect subscriptions in their respective countries, provided that they transmit the money collected to the Treasurer at least once a year.

 

ART. 10 - The Board of Directors Executive Committee shall be authorised:

 

(i)         to fix the date and place of congresses;

(ii)        to arrange meetings of the Board of Directors Executive Committee;

(iii)       to set up, if need be, both ad hoc committees as well as permanent working committees;

(iv)       to supervise the work of such committees;

(v)        to set up a Finance Committee which shall be responsible for the verification and control of the system of accounting referred to in Article 11 of the present constitution, and for presenting at each congress to the members of the Board of Directors Association present in the General Meeting, a report on the Association's financial position.  The Board of Directors Executive Committee shall itself determine the method of operation of this Finance Committee;

(vi)       to do all things necessary to carry on the affairs of the Association except in such matters as are expressly reserved by these Articles for the members in general meeting.

 

Rationale

 

(iii) Gives flexibility to the way the Board of Directors functions.

 

(v) and (vi) As mentioned previously, the motion passed at the BOD meeting in Singapore to remove the General Assembly from the Constitution necessitates the revision of Article 10 as shown above.

 

 

ART. 11 - There shall be maintained a system of accounting for the recording of daily receipts and expenditure and also, if necessary, stock accounting.

 

                   MODIFICATION OF THE CONSTITUTION AND WINDING UP

 

ART. 12 - The constitution shall be modified only on a proposal made by the Board of Directors. Executive Committee   or by a number of the members equal to at least one-tenth of the total membership of the Association submitted to the Office at least one month before the General Meeting. 

 

The meeting must consist of at least fifty members in good standing.  If this proportion is not

reached the meeting shall be adjourned and reconvened with an interval of at least fifteen

 days, but at the adjourned meeting its decisions shall be effective, whatever may be the

 number of members present.  In no case shall the constitution be modified except by a

 majority of two thirds of the members present at the meeting.

 

In no case shall the constitution be modified except by a majority of two-thirds of the members present at the meeting.

 

Rationale

 

As mentioned above, the motion passed at the BOD meeting in Singapore to remove the General Assembly from the Constitution necessitates this revision of Article 12.

 

ART. 13 - A Board of Directors meeting General Meeting called upon to determine the winding up of the Association and especially summoned for this purpose must be attended by at least half the members in good standing plus one.  In considering termination, the Board shall seek comments from the general membership at least six months in advance on the Board meeting. If this proportion is not reached, the meeting shall be adjourned and re-convened with an interval of at least fifteen days, but at the adjourned meetings its decisions shall be effective, whatever may be the number of members present.  In any case, At the meeting itself the winding up shall not be effected except by a majority of two-thirds of the members present.

 

Rationale

 

As just mentioned above, the motion passed at the BOD meeting in Singapore to remove the General Assembly from the Constitution  necessitates this rewording of Article 13.

 

 

ART. 14 - On the winding up of the Association, the Board of Directors members in General Meeting shall appoint one or several liquidators charged with the liquidation of the assets of the Association.  The Board of Directors General Meeting shall allot the net assets of the Association to one or more public bodies recognised as being in the public interest and pursuing an aim analogous to that of the Association.

 

Rationale

 

Similar to the above, the motion passed at the BOD meeting in Singapore to remove the General Assembly from the Constitution necessitates this rewording of Article 14.