Constitution

I. Name

This organization shall be recognized by the name Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Alpha Rho Chapter.

II. Purpose

To promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

III. Membership

A. Undergraduate students shall qualify for membership when they have completed at least twelve semester hours in college-level history courses, candidate must be in the top 35% of her or his class with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA in History classes of at least 3.1.

Graduate students to qualify for membership shall have completed approximately 30% of the residence requirements for the Master’s Degree, with an average in all courses completed for graduate credit of at least midway between the highest and second highest grade on the University of Utah’s scale, and no grade in graduate courses of “failure” or its equivalent.

Faculty members above the rank of graduate assistant, who are teaching in the field of history, shall be eligible for membership without being required to satisfy provisions of the foregoing paragraphs of this section.

A chapter may invite into its membership Alumni who attend the institution prior to the chartering of a campus chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, and who have so distinguished themselves in the field of history that they would have qualified for membership.

B. To be recognized as a full member of Phi Alpha Theta, a person must fulfill the above requirements and pay the $45 initiation fee.

C. Full membership includes the right to participate in all activities, such as Regional and National Conferences, as well as voting in chapter elections each year.

IV. Meetings

A. Meetings shall be held at least twice per semester.

B. Officers shall contact members of the chapter by email about all upcoming events and special meetings. All announcements shall also be posted on the chapter’s web site.

V. Executive Board

A. Members of the Executive Board and their responsibilities shall be as follows:

President–Conduct meetings, plan activities, plan the budget with the Treasurer, sign checks, contact members, and all other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Chapter’s Faculty Advisor.

Vice-President–Conduct meetings in the absence of the President, plan activities, and all other responsibilities as delegated by the President.

Graduate Coordinator — Responsible for coordinating involvement of graduate student members with a special emphasis on mentoring and faculty involvement.

Program Coordinator– Responsible for conduct of planning committees for annual History Department Conference and, when applicable, hosting of the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Meeting.

Secretary–Contact members and all other responsibilities as delegated by the President.

Treasurer–Plan the budget with the President, sign checks, and all other responsibilities as delegated by the President.

Faculty Advisor–Advise other members of the Executive Board in any and all activities.

B. Elections for members of the Executive Board for the upcoming year shall be held each April. People must be nominated and seconded for election to an office, but they may nominate themselves. Officers must win an election by a simple majority of the members at the meeting where elections are held. Officers shall serve for a period of one year and may serve for consecutive terms. If for any reason a member of the Executive Board shall not be able to complete their duties for their entire term they shall be replaced in a special election to be called by the remaining members of the Executive Board. The Faculty Advisor shall not be elected but shall be appointed by the History Department.

VI. Funds

Members pay onetime dues of $45 at the time of registration. Fundraisers may be held to earn money for the chapter. Each year the President and Treasurer shall write a budget to be submitted to ASUU in accordance with the rules of the University of Utah’s Redbook.

VII. Affiliation

This organization is a chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Inc.

VIII. Constitution

This Constitution shall be ratified by a two-thirds majority those at a Ratification Meeting. All amendments this Constitution and bylaws of the Chapter must also be ratified by a two-thirds majority at a Ratification Meeting. Members not able to attend the Ratification Meeting shall be able to vote in absentee by notifying a member of the Executive Board and declaring their vote to that member at least an hour before the meeting is to take place.

Changes ratified in general assembly of the members of Phi Alpha Theta – Alpha Rho on 22 April 2011.