Section Officers

President

Cliff Gerstman
Middle College High School
Santa Ana, CA

Past-President

James Lincoln
PhysicsVideos.com
Irvine, CA

Section Representative

Jeff Phillips
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

VP for Universities

Chad Kishimoto
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

VP for Two-year Colleges

Lee Loveridge
Pierce College
Woodland Hills, CA

VP for High Schools

Bryn Bishop
Westview High School
San Diego, CA

Secretary/ Treasurer

Nuria Rodriguez
Santa Monica College(ret)
Santa Monica, CA

Web Manager

Chija Bauer
La Salle High School
Pasadena, CA

Governing Documents

Below you will find the current Constitution and By-Laws for SCAAPT.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SECTION
of the
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS

CONSTITUTION

Revised 2015

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Southern California Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (SCAAPT).

ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES

The objectives of SCAAPT shall be advancing physics teaching and promoting an appreciation of the role of physics in our culture.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

The membership shall consist of three classes: regular members, emeritus members (retired), and sustaining members (corporations and institutions).   The privilege of voting and holding office shall be limited to regular members and emeritus members.

ARTICLE IV. MEETINGS

  1. There shall be two meetings each year – one in the Spring and one in the Fall.   SCAAPT shall attempt to hold joint meetings with the Northern California/Nevada Section periodically.
  2. The program of each Spring Meeting shall include a Business Meeting, during which the officers shall report to the membership on the status of the section. Other section business will be carried out as necessary.   A quorum of at least ten voting members will be required for a business meeting.

ARTICLE V. OFFICERS

  1. The Executive Committee of SCAAPT shall be a President, a Vice President for High Schools, a Vice President for Two Year Colleges, a Vice President for Universities, a Secretary/Treasurer, a Past President, a Web Manager, and a Section Representative.
  2. These officers shall be elected at the Business Meeting in even calendar years by a majority of regular and emeritus members present at the business meeting. The term of each office shall be two years beginning at the end of the Spring Meeting.
  3. The duties of the officers shall be defined in the by-laws.   The officers shall jointly be responsible for handling the finances, correspondence, and external relations of SCAAPT. They shall make all arrangements for meetings of SCAAPT except such as may be delegated by action of the officers or of the membership.
  4. A vacancy in one of the offices shall be filled by majority vote of the Executive Committee, pending the next regular election.
  5. The Executive Committee may, by majority vote, appoint ad hoc committees for the purpose of furthering the Section’s activities. The ad hoc committees shall be of duration not longer than two years.

ARTICLE VI. AMENDMENTS

  1. This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at any Business Meeting.
  2. A proposed amendment, recommended by the Executive Committee or by petition signed by at least 5 per cent of the voting membership, must be submitted to vote within twelve months after receipt of the amendment.

ARTICLE VII. BYLAWS

By-laws may be adopted or amended by a simple majority of those present and voting at any Business Meeting.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SECTION
of the
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS

BY-LAWS

Revised 2015

Article I. OFFICERS’ TERMS AND DUTIES

  1. The Executive Committee of SCAAPT shall be a President, a Vice President for High Schools, a Vice President for Two Year Colleges, a Vice President for Universities, a Secretary/Treasurer, a Past President, a Web Manager, and a Section Representative.
  2. These officers shall be elected at the Business Meeting in even calendar years. The term of each office shall be two years beginning at the end of the Spring Meeting.
  3. The President shall have executive responsibility for the overall operation of the Section, and shall preside at the business meeting of the officers and at Section meetings.
  4. The Vice President for High Schools shall actively involve high school teachers in the Section activities.
  5. The Vice President for Two-year colleges shall actively involve two-year college faculty in the Section activities.
  6. The Vice President of Universities shall share the executive duties with the President, and shall serve as program chairman for each meeting.
  7. The Secretary/Treasurer shall maintain membership and address records, maintain Section funds and keep a record of dues payments.
  8. The Past president shall assist the executive committee throughout the year and to volunteer his/her help for the section meetings.
  9. The Web Manager shall maintain and update the section website “sccapt.org”, which includes a running history of the section, web resources for members, past and future meeting information and section information.
  10. The Section Representative shall represent the Section in the National Council of the American Association of Physics Teachers at the annual Council meeting and to exercise all the duties, rights, and privileges pertaining to membership in that body. A Section Representative unable to attend a meeting of the Council may be represented by an alternate designated by the Executive Committee. The Section Representative is expected to attend all AAPT National meetings, to promote the Section at the National level, and to promote the National AAPT at the Section level.

Article II- DUES

The Section dues shall be set to cover only the necessary expenses and shall be decided upon by vote of the membership as the occasion arises.

Article III- MEMBERSHIP TERM

Memberships are for one calendar year, beginning on January 1.

Article IV – MEETINGS

There shall be an annual fall meeting and an annual spring meeting arranged by the Officers. Notices of the time and place of these meetings shall be appropriately delivered to all members of the Association. The section officers under the guidance of the president decide on host institutions and invited speakers for the meetings. An appropriate general meeting fee shall be set to cover only the necessary expenses and shall be decided upon by vote of the membership as the occasion arises.

Article V – MEMBERS

  1. Regular and Emeritus Members are individuals who have completed the necessary application for membership and who reside in the Southern California geographic region, which is approximately defined by U. S. Postal Service ZIP Codes whose first three digits are between 900 and 935, inclusive.
  2. Regular members are those who have paid the required dues.
  3. Emeritus members are those who have previously been regular members for at least 5 years, who have reached the age of 60 years, and who are completely retired from all employment.
  4. Sustaining members are corporations and institutions that have furthered the work of SCAAPT through donations (either in funds or service) to SCAAPT in the last two years.