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Association of Senior Anthropologists

The Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA) of the American Anthropological Association offers senior and retired anthropologists, curators, researchers, linguists, archaeologists, and museum technicians a continuing presence and voice in the discipline, allowing them to put their accumulated knowledge and insights to significant use. Join ASA today!


J. Anthony Paredes
12 Willow Glen NE
Atlanta, GA, 30342-1341 USA
Herbert Lewis
Dept of Anthropology
1180 Observatory Dr 5240 Soc S
Univ of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, 53706 USA
Past President/Program Editor
Alice Kehoe
3014 N Shepard Ave
Milwaukee, WI, 53211-3436 USA
(h): (414) 962-5937
Margo Smith
518 North Circle
Itasca, IL 60143
Secretary/Column Editor
Paul Doughty
1017 NW 21st Terrace
Gainesville, FL, 32603-1034 USA

Bylaws of the Association of Senior Anthropologists

(As Amended 2009)


  1. The Section shall be known as the Association of Senior Anthropologists, a section of the American Anthropological Association.
  1. The purpose of the Section shall be to create a sense of community among senior anthropologists and to further their interests and concerns.
  1. The Section shall be autonomous in all matters within its field that are not reserved by the Bylaws of the American Anthropological Association, inimical to the American Anthropological Association's interests, or prohibited by law.
  2. The Section shall have an elected President and Secretary and other elected or appointed officers as set forth in these Bylaws
  3. The Section is empowered to determine membership dues.
  4. The Section shall determine voting requirements on all Section matters.
  5. The Section may engage in publishing and program activities, appoint editors, committees and other agents, and set publication and program policies appropriate to its purposes.
  6. The Section shall adopt and maintain Bylaws or Rules of Procedure consistent with American Anthropological Association Bylaws. The Section shall file with the American Anthropological Association Secretary a copy of its current Bylaws, Rules of Procedure, and Table of Organization.
  1. Membership in the Section shall be open to any member in good standing of the American Anthropological Association who supports the above purpose, subject to the payment of dues stipulated by the Executive Committee of the Section.
  2. A Member in good standing shall be eligible to hold elective or appointive office, participate in the scientific program, receive publications and have one vote in nominating and electing officers and the transaction of other business of the Section. The President or his/her appointee shall represent the Section in the AAA Section Assembly.
  3. For just cause, a Member may be deprived of membership by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee, subject to appeal to the Members at the Annual Meeting.
  1. The Executive Committee shall set the annual dues of Members and may establish rates for special categories.
  2. Any Member in arrears in the payment of dues shall lose all membership privileges.
  1. The officers shall be a President, President –elect, Secretary and Treasurer.
  2. The President shall be the presiding officer of the Section and, should the Section be entitled to such representation, its first representative on the Board of Directors of the American Anthropological Association and its representative on the Executive Committee of the American Anthropological Association.
  3. The President -elect shall assume the duties of the President in the event of absence, death, resignation or incapacity of the President, and shall succeed to the office of President at the expiration of the term as President -elect. President shall submit a draft budget for the approval of the Executive Committee not less than sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting.
  4. The Secretary shall have charge of the records of the Section and shall serve as editor of the Section's section in the Anthropology Newsletter. The Treasurer shall maintain the financial statements of the Section.
  5. The terms of office of all officers shall be two years, commencing at the Annual Meeting of ASA held at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting.
  1. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the Elected and appointed officers from the membership of the Section, the immediate past-president, and any additional representatives elected by this Section to the Board of Directors of the American Anthropological Association.
  2. Subject to directives and limitations imposed by the Members of the Section the Executive Committee shall have the authority to execute on behalf of the Section all powers and functions defined in these Bylaws.
  3. The Executive Committee shall meet at least once annually, at the time of the Annual Meeting and may meet additionally on the call of the President or a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
  4. The Executive Committee shall make all non-elective appointments and may make interim appointments to fill vacancies in any elective office until the next regularly scheduled election.
  1. At the time of each Annual Meeting, the Executive Committee shall report its activities to the Members and to the Board of Directors of the American Anthropological Association. The report shall include the reports of the President, Secretary and the Treasurer, editors of publications, committees, and other agents representing the Section.
  1. The Section shall hold an Annual Business Meeting at the time of the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
  2. The place and date of the Annual Meeting shall be disclosed to the Members not less than one hundred twenty (120) days in advance of the meeting.
  3. The Executive Committee shall appoint a Program Chair who shall organize the scientific program of the Section.
  4. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee or upon written request of five (5) percent of the Members.
  1. Five (5) percent of the Members in good standing shall constitute a quorum at the Annual Business Meeting.
  2. A majority of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for transacting business.
  3. The business of the Section shall be transacted by majority vote unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws.
  1. Candidates for any elective office may be nominated by the Executive Committee, by a Nominations Committee, or by Members. All candidates shall be Members in good standing of the Section.
  2. A Nominations Committee of three (3) Members shall be appointed annually by the Executive Committee.
  3. The Nominations Committee shall nominate at least one (1) but no more than two (2) persons for each vacant office.
  4. Any three members in good standing may nominate an additional candidate for any office, provided the nomination is received in writing by the Secretary in sufficient time for inclusion in the annual ballot of the AAA and provided the candidate expresses a willingness to serve in writing.
  1. A Member in good standing shall be entitled to cast one ballot in any election or referendum.
  2. Ballots shall be submitted and tallied in accordance with the AAA balloting process.
  3. The candidate receiving the most votes for a contested office shall be elected; the Executive Committee shall hold a run-off election in accordance with AAA balloting procedures to resolve all ties.
  1. A referendum may be conducted using AAA balloting procedures at any time upon initiation of the Executive Committee, or upon receipt by the Secretary of a petition signed by five (5) percent of the Members in good standing. A majority of votes received shall constitute a favorable vote.
  1. The fiscal year of the Section shall be that of the American Anthropological Association.
  2. The Section shall submit an annual operating budget to the American Anthropological Association Board of Directors, which, when approved, shall govern Section activities.
  3. The income from annual dues and from investments and other sources shall constitute a working fund, available for operating, publication, and current expenses consistent with the purposes of the Section.
  4. No financial obligation in excess of funds available in the treasury shall be assumed by the Executive Committee or by any officer on behalf of the Section except that for the purpose of this section, estimated receipts from annual dues and other accounts receivable for the current year may be considered as available funds.
  5. The Section may establish special funds to be administered by the American Anthropological Association for purposes the Section may designate.
  1. These Bylaws may be amended by the Members by balloting in accordance with AAA procedures , provided that a proposed amendment is approved by two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast.
  2. Amendments may be proposed by the Executive Committee or by five (5) percent of the Members in good standing. The Executive Committee shall have the proposed amendment circulated to the Members and it shall allow for the return of ballots in accordance with AAA balloting procedures.
  3. The amendments and provisions of these Bylaws shall be effective immediately upon adoption and shall supersede and nullify all previous amendments and provisions.

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