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Constitution

Constitution –– The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

            

Article I. Name

The name for this
association shall be The National Association of Baptist Professors of
Religion.

 

Article II. Purpose

The purpose of the
NABPR shall be to pro­mote communication and cooperation among professors of
religion, to provide opportunities for consideration of methods, techniques,
and procedures in the teaching of religion, to aid in the sharing of curricular
concepts, and to exchange new approaches in the study of reli­gion.

 

Article III. Membership

Section A. Voting membership shall be open to any
person who qualifies in one of two catego­ries: Member and Retired Member.

1. Persons holding
teaching appoint­ments who are engaged in the teaching of religion or related
subjects at accredited colleg­es, universi­ties, seminaries, or divinity
schools may apply for Member status in the Associa­tion. Applica­tions for
membership shall be referred to the Executive Committee for re­view. The Execu­tive
Committee will report on and recommend candidates for membership to the
Association in any annual meeting. The Association will vote upon each
candidate for membership.

2. Persons retired
from teaching appointments who were engaged in the teaching of religion or
related subjects at accredited colleges, universi­ties, seminaries, or divinity
schools may apply for Retired Member status in the Association. Applications
for retired membership shall be referred to the Executive Committee for re­view.
The Executive Commit­tee will report on and recommend candidates for membership
to the Association in any annual meeting. The Association will vote upon each
candidate for membership. Members in good standing at the time of their
retirement need not re-apply for Retired Member status.

Section B. Non-voting membership shall be open to
any person who does not qualify for Member or Retired Member status. Two cate­gories
of non-voting membership are possible: Associate Member and Student Mem­ber.

1. Persons interested
in the work of the Associ­ation who do not qualify for Member or Re­tired
Member status are eligible for Associ­ate Member status. Associate Members may
in­clude persons with administrative ap­pointments at colleges, universities,
seminaries, or divinity schools, persons involved in parish ministry, or other
interested persons. Applica­tions for associate membership shall be referred to
the Executive Committee for review. The Execu­tive Committee will report on and
recom­mend candidates for associate membership to the Association in any annual
meeting. The Associ­ation will vote upon each candidate for associ­ate
membership.

2. Persons interested
in the work of the Associ­ation who are actively enrolled in any accredit­ed
college, university, seminary, or divinity school are eligible for Student
Member status. Applications for student membership shall be referred to the
Executive Committee for re­view. The Executive Committee will report on and
recommend candidates for stu­dent member­ship to the Association in any annual
meeting. The Association will vote upon each candidate for student membership.

Section C. Participation in the NABPR consti­tutes
participation in one of its regional sections and vice versa. Membership
categories in the national and regional groups are the same.

 

Article IV. Regional Sections

Regional sections may
be formed when twen­ty or more persons agree to draft a regional constitu­tion
consistent with the Constitution for The National Association of Baptist
Professors of Religion and to meet annually.

 

Article V. Meetings

An annual, national
meeting will be held in conjunction with the national meeting of the AAR/SBL.
Regional sections will meet annual­ly at the discretion of each region, and may
meet in conjunction with the regional AAR/ SBL meeting.

 

 

Article VI. Officers and Committees

Section A. President of the NABPR. This person
shall be elected from the membership of the NABPR upon nomination by a
nominating committee appointed by the President. This person shall serve a term
of one year and shall deliver a major paper at the next annual meet­ing after
being elected.

Section B. Vice President. This person shall be
elected from the membership of the NABPR upon nomination by a nominating
committee appointed by the President. This person shall serve a term of one
year and shall be responsible for an annual program consistent with the purpose
of The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

Section C. Executive Secretary‑Treasurer. This
person shall be elected from the member­ship of the NABPR upon nomination by a
nominating committee appointed by the President. This person shall be elected
for a six year term, and may serve more than one term. This person is
designated as the chief executive officer of the NABPR and as chairperson of
the Executive Committee.

Section D. Assistant Executive Secretary‑Tre­asurer.
This person shall be elected from the membership of the NABPR upon nomination
by a nominating committee appointed by the President. This person shall be
elected for a six year term, and may serve more than one term. This person will
assist the Executive Secretary‑Treasurer in ways that are mutually agreed upon.

Section E. Executive Committee. The Execu­tive
Committee of The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion shall
be com­posed of (1) the officers of The National Asso­ci­ation of Baptist
Professors of Religion; (2) the editor of Perspective in Religious Studies
and the chairperson of the Editorial Board; (3) the editor of each series
authorized by the Editorial Board; (4) one at‑large member elected by each
regional section at its annual regional meeting. The Executive Secretary‑Trea­surer
shall be responsible for the ad interim operation of The National
Association of Baptist Professors of Religion in consultation with the
executive committee.

Section F. Dissertation Scholarship Committee. The
Dissertation Scholarship Committee of the NABPR shall consist of three members
who are nominated by the NABPR Nominating Committee and elected by the NABPR
membership. The Committee shall announce the scholarship recipient(s) at the
NABPR annual meeting.

 

Article VII. Functions

The NABPR (1) will
conduct an annual meeting; (2) publish a newsletter containing information of
interest to the membership; (3) will publish a journal—Perspectives in
Religious Studies
—and other materials such as mono­graphs, dissertations,
etc., as authorized by the editorial board of Perspectives; (4)
encourage the work of the regional sections.

 

Article VIII. Dues

 

The annual dues of
the membership of The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
shall be due on January 1 of each year. The amount and distribution of the mon­ies
so collected shall be determined by The National Association of Baptist
Professors of Religion at its annual meeting upon recommen­dation by the
executive committee. National and regional dues, and subscription charges,
shall be the same for all members of The Na­tional Association of Baptist
Professors of Religion regardless of geographical location and regional
membership.

 

Article IX. Constitutional Changes

Alterations or
amendments to this Constitution may be made at any annual meeting of the NABPR
upon two‑thirds vote of the members present provided that the change has been
given a first reading at the previous annual meeting.

 

Article X. Endowment Fund

At the direction of
the Association, endow­ment funds shall be raised to underwrite the purposes of
the Association. Funds so raised shall be not spent but rather invested, at the
direction of the Executive Committee. A por­tion of the resulting return on
these investments may be budgeted to support the work of the Association as
approved by the Executive Committee.

 

Emended
21 November 1993

Emended 18 November 2006

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