NABA Bylaws2018-09-20T21:01:32+00:00

Bylaws of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis

Bylaws of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis

August 2018

Article I: Name and Purpose

The name of this association shall be the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis (NABA). NABA is a non-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Nevada.  NABA is a state organization whose purpose is to promote intellectual exchange, facilitate professional development, and inform related public policy in the interest of advancing the field of behavior analysis.[1]

Article II: Membership

NABA shall have four classes of members: Full Members, Student Members, Affiliate Members, and Sustaining Members.  Membership shall be contingent upon the payment of NABA dues and fulfillment of the following conditions:

  • Full Members shall hold a masters or doctoral degree or equivalent in a field related to behavior analysis.Full Members may vote on matters related to NABA.
  • Student Members shall provide documentation of full-time student status by an official of their training institution. Student Members do not have voting privileges except in the election of the Student Representatives.[2]
  • Affiliate Members shall be those who do not meet the requirements of either Full or Student Members.Affiliate Members do not have voting privileges.
  • Any member can support NABA financially by paying the fee of Sustaining Members and receive recognition as such.

Membership fees are to be posted on the NABA website. Voting members must meet the qualifications of Full Members and pay the related fee. The membership year shall be July 1stthrough June 30thof the following year.[3]

Article III: Activities and Services

NABA should hold at minimum one event each year to provide educational opportunities to members. NABA shall maintain a web site that includes information about the organization and behavior analysis as relevant. NABA shall inform public policy matters as appropriate.[4]

Article IV: Dues and Fees

Membership dues and convention registration fees shall be set by a vote of the Board.  Affiliate Member dues and fees shall be set such as to not exceed 80% of Full Member dues and fees. Student Member dues and fees shall be set such as not to exceed 25% of Full Member dues and fees.[5]

Article V: Officers and Governance[6]

NABA shall be governed by a Board made up of eight officers[7], including: President, Secretary/Treasurer, At Large Representative, Student Representative, and the newly elected counterparts for each position.  The officers must be full members of NABA. All board members are elected for a two-year term, with the first year being designated as an “elect” position during which they work with their counterpart to learn the position roles and responsibilities. Each term of office begins on the first day of January following the election.[8]All board members have voting rights.

The President/President-Elect must hold a Ph.D. in behavior analysis or related field. The President is responsible for ensuring the association operates in accordance with the bylaws. The President presides over a monthly board meeting and calls for votes on association matters as required. The President presides over the business meeting held at the annual convention and submits an annual report on the activities of NABA to the ABAI Council. 

The Secretary/Treasurer is responsible for maintaining the association’s business and financial records. The Secretary/Treasurer is responsible for documenting actions taken during board meetings and business meetings, recording votes of the Board and membership, and maintaining rosters and financial information related to membership and convention registration.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall make a report to the members at the annual business meeting.

The At Large Representative shall be responsible for developing and maintaining the association’s website, social media accounts, and membership listserv through which communications to the association’s members may be achieved. The At Large Representative responds on behalf of the Board to inquiries from the membership or general public.

The Student Representative must be a graduate student in Behavior Analysis or a related field at the time of his/her election. The Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect lead the Conference Committee in planning the annual convention[9]. The Student Representative communicates the needs of the student membership of the association to the Board.

The President shall form standing committees and task forces, as needed. In consultation with the Board, the President is responsible for maintaining the Committee Operating Procedures which outline committee membership requirements, member roles and responsibilities, and the terms of office for committee chairs.

Article VI: Voting Rights and Elections

At the annual convention, the President, or a representative appointed by the President, shall convene a business meeting to conduct the affairs of the association.

Full members may vote at the business meeting. Initiatives proposed at the business meeting shall be enacted if endorsed by a majority of the voting full members.  Changes to the bylaws shall be put to full members by mail ballot or voted on during the business meeting.  Changes to the bylaws shall be enacted by a two-thirds majority of those participating in the vote.[10]

At the business meeting, the President shall invite nominations and ask nominees if they are willing to stand for election.  Those who are willing to serve shall become candidates. Full members shall select among the candidates by paper or electronic ballot.[11]  A candidate is elected if endorsed by a majority of the full members who vote during the voting period.

The Student Representative shall convene a meeting of student members at the annual convention to conduct the affairs of the Association pertinent to student members.  At the student meeting, the Student Representative shall invite nominations and ask nominees if they are willing to stand for election.  Those who are willing to serve shall become candidates. Student members shall select among the candidates by paper or electronic ballot.  A candidate is elected if endorsed by a plurality of the student members who vote during the voting period. 

[1]Revised to include the expanded purpose and activities of the association into the area of public policy. Also, revised to clarify the purpose as advancing the field of behavior analysis within the state of Nevada.

[2]Clarifies that students do have limited voting privileges.

[3]The membership year was previously listed as the calendar year, but this was changed a number of years ago to better align with recruiting and registration for the conference.

[4]This section is revised to reflect the expanded activities of the association.

[5]This section is revised to reflect actual practice.

[6]This entire section was revised for purposes of clarification and organization.

[7]Revised to reflect participation of the “elect” board members.

[8]Revised to reflect actual practice.

[9]Included to formalize the Student Representative/Student-Representative Elect’s ongoing leadership of the conference committee.

[10]Clarified throughout to indicate that endorsement is by those who participate in the vote.

[11]Revised throughout to reflect that voting on board members does not necessarily occur at the business meeting.