Formation and Governance of the Physics Education Research Leadership Organizing Council (PERLOC)
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The proposal for the Council was assembled by the PER Election Organizing Committee (PEREOC)
This document proposes a structure for the formation of a Physics Education Research Topical Group (PERTG) within the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The PER community has been growing and developing over the past few years. As a result, a variety of PER related issues have arisen that require some means of identifying a representative leadership group that can serve as a nexus for community decision-making. Therefore, the PER Election Organizing Committee (PEREOC) was established to propose an initial election and membership process of the PER Leadership and Organizing Council (PERLOC). PEREOC was charged with working with the appropriate AAPT leaders to create a proposal for the following actions. The PEREOC proposal was discussed with the PER community at the Summer 2004 meeting of the AAPT in Sacramento, CA and approved by the Executive Board at the Summer 2006 meeting.
PER Membership within AAPT
For AAPT members to be part of the PERTG, they will self-identify and pay an annual fee of $25 ($10 for students). The fee will be paid at the time of renewing AAPT membership and will be deposited in a special account to fund PERLOC activities/functions.
Administration of the PER membership fee
The chair of the PERLOC, or his/her designee, will have signatory authority for spending monies from the account in which the fees collected for PERTG membership reside.
Funds from the fee will pay for such things as running elections, publication (such as PERC proceedings), PERC meetings, and other related PER activities.
For the very first election, no slate shall be nominated by PEREOC. Any individual from the PERTG in good standing may be nominated as follows. To be nominated, a candidate must be a PERTG member in good standing, and the nominee shall have either 5% of the PERTG membership, or 15 individuals, whichever is larger, send emails of support for the candidate’s nomination to the PEREOC chair. PERTG members in good standing will vote for up to 6 different individuals and the 6 receiving the most votes will be declared winners. In order to preserve the rotation of 2 new candidates each year, the 6 newly elected members will draw lots to decide which two will serve for 1 year, which two will serve for 2 years, and which two will serve a three year term. The initial election will be conducted electronically by PEREOC and will not be held until there are at least 100 members in good standing.
The PERLOC shall have 6 elected members plus, ex-officio, the chair of the AAPT Research in Physics Education Committee (RIPE) (voting member). Each year, the PERLOC will elect its own chair from among the 6 elected PERLOC members. The chair may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Each elected member of PERLOC will serve a 3-year term.
Scope of Action and Activities for PERLOC
PERLOC is empowered to perform the following types of activities. These are not intended to be exhaustive.