ACM SIG Bylaws: SIGITE
Special Interest Group
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Adopted: July 1, 2003
Amended: December 23, 2008
Article 1. Name and Scope
- This organization will be called the Special Interest Group for
Information Technology Education ("SIGITE") of the Association for
Computing Machinery, Inc. ("the ACM").
- The scope of SIGITE's specialty is to provide a forum for
the interaction of practitioners, educators and others in the field of
Information Technology Education to exchange ideas and engage in
activities that advance the knowledge of its members, the curriculum
and teaching of Information Technology and the development and transfer
of innovative concepts and applications in teaching and pedagogy.
Article 2. Purpose
SIGITE is organized and will operate exclusively for educational,
scientific, and technical purposes in its specialty. Its services will
- Provide a forum for exchange of ideas among interested
educators, practitioners and others in the field of information
- Pursue formal or informal affiliation and cooperation
with other organizations for the advancement of the SIG and its
- Promote and facilitate the sharing of ideas, standards,
curriculum and experiences between the SIG and other societies and
individuals for the promotion of information technology education.
- Conduct workshops, conferences, and/or other meetings to
advance both the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in
information technology and information technology education.
- Publish and distribute among its members and others
communications such as newsletters, proceedings, standards proposals
and/or other appropriate material approved by the Publications Board of
Article 3. Charter
SIGITE will exist until dissolved as provided in Bylaw 6 of the ACM.
Article 4. Officers and Board of Directors
- SIGITE's officers are the Chair, Vice-Chair and the
Secretary/Treasurer. The officers are elected for three-year terms
beginning July 1 of 2009.
- The Chair is the principal officer and is responsible for
leading SIGITE and managing its activities. The duties of the Chair
- Calling and presiding at SIGITE's Executive Committee and business meetings;
- Conducting SIGITE's activities in accordance with the policies of the ACM; and
- Making all appointments and filling vacancies as authorized herein.
- The duties of the Vice-Chair are:
- Assisting the Chair in leading and managing the SIGITE; and
- Presiding at meetings when the Chair is absent.
- Coordinates program activities, including Group meetings and conferences
- The duties of the Secretary-Treasurer are:
- Maintaining the records and correspondence of SIGITE and other duties as assigned by the Chair; and;
- Keeping and distributing the minutes of business and Executive Committee meetings of SIGITE.
Managing SIGITE's finances according to the Financial Accountability
Policy of the ACM. This includes preparing the annual budget,
monitoring SIGITE's disbursements for adherence to the annual budget,
and preparing financial reports as required.
Article 5. The Executive Committee
- The Executive Committee is comprised of the officers, Past Chair,
Vice-Chair for Education, three Regional representatives and an
International representative. No person may hold two positions on the
Executive Committee simultaneously.
Vice-Chair for Education, the three Regional representatives and the
International representative are appointed to three-year terms by the
- The general duties of the Executive Committee will be to
advise the Chair on all matters of interest to SIGITE. The Executive
Committee must approve all the major management policy decisions of
- The Past Chair is the Chair of the immediately preceding
term and serves in this capacity for the three-year term succeeding
his/her tenure. The Past Chair serves to provide continuity of SIGITE
direction by informing the Executive Committee on past policy and
- The duties of the Vice-Chair for Education are:
- Coordinates education services, including model curriculum development and accreditation activities
- The duties of the Regional and International representatives are:
- Helping to develop regional initiatives.
- Communicating regional issues to the Executive Committee.
- All members of, or candidates for, the Executive Committee must be voting Members of ACM and of the SIG.
- The Extended Executive Committee serves to advise the
Chair on matters of interest to SIGITE. Policy decisions do not require
approval of the Extended Executive Committee.
- The Extended Executive Committee consists of:
- The Executive Committee
- The Editor of the SIGITE newsletter
- Chairs of the SIGITE Committees
- All members of the Extended Executive Committee must be members of SIGITE and ACM.
Article 6. Vacancies and Appointments
- Should the Chair leave office before his/her term expires, the Vice-Chair will assume the duties of Chair.
- Should any other elected office become vacant, the Chair,
with the approval of the SGB EC Chairman, may appoint an eligible
individual to fill the vacancy.
- The SIGITE Chair may fill vacancies in appointed offices
in accordance with the procedures for making the original appointments
as provided herein.
- Should a vacancy remain unfilled, the SGB EC may fill it as provided in Bylaw 6 of the ACM.
- All appointments expire when the Chair term of office
expires. However, appointees continue to serve until the new Chair
appoints a successor.
- A 2/3's majority of the Executive Committee is required to revoke an appointment.
Article 7. The Newsletter
- SIGITE will publish a newsletter at regular intervals as
determined by the Executive Committee. The newsletter will be
distributed to all SIGITE's members. Newsletter subscriptions may be
sold to non-members.
- With the advice of the other officers, the Chair will
appoint the Editor of the newsletter, who will become a member of
SIGITE's Extended Executive Committee.
Article 8- Membership, Dues, and Voting Privileges
- A person becomes a member only after enrolling and paying the
required dues. The dues for SIGITE are determined by SIGITE's Executive
Committee with the approval of the Chair of the SGB EC. The dues shall
be consistent with ACM bylaws.
- All members of SIGITE may vote in any ballot conducted
with SIGITE. The counting of the votes and the definition of effective
votes shall be consistent with Bylaw 6.
Article 9. Reports and Records
- The Chair is responsible for filing reports about SIGITE as required by ACM and the SGB EC.
- The membership records of SIGITE will be maintained by ACM Headquarters.
Article 10. Elections
- By September 15 of the year preceding each election, the Chair will appoint
a nominating committee, which will propose at least two consenting
candidates for each elective office of SIGITE. The slate of candidates
selected by the nominating committee must be presented to all the
SIGITE membership by the following January 31.
- A petition from 1% of the voting members of SIGITE will
place other consenting candidates on the ballot. Petitions must be
received by the Secretary of SIGITE no later than March 15.
- ACM Headquarters will conduct an election of the SIGITE
membership in accordance with the election procedures approved by the
ACM and SGB EC. Of all the ballots returned in an election, the
candidates receiving the largest numbers of effective votes win. The
SGB EC will resolve ties.
Article 11. Amendments
- These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the ACM
Executive Committee, or by a vote of SIGITE's members as provided
below. With the approval of SIGITE's Executive Committee and of the
Executive Committee of the ACM, 2/3 of all members of the SGB EC may
amend Article 1 of these bylaws without a referendum of the members.
- Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed by SIGITE's
Executive Committee, the SGB EC, or a petition from 1% of the voting
members of SIGITE. All proposed amendments must be approved, prior to
being submitted for a vote of the membership, by the Chair of both the
SGB EC and the Constitution & Bylaws Committee of ACM after the
Executive Director of ACM has provided his advice.
- The ballot on the proposed amendment(s) will be conducted
among the eligible voters by ACM Headquarters following the procedures
of the ACM for voting bylaw amendments, unless a different procedure
has been approved by the SGB EC. The proposal is adopted only if at
least 2/3 of the effective votes of returned ballots approve it, and
only if at least 10% of the ballots are returned. The Secretary will
send a clean copy of the amended bylaws to the Executive Director of
ACM and to the Chair of the SGB EC.
Article 12. Dissolution
Should SIGITE be dissolved, control of its assets will revert to the ACM.
Article 13. Meetings
- SIGITE will conduct at least one business meeting each year.
- Additional national, regional or local business meetings may be convened by the Chair.
- All meetings sponsored by SIGITE must be open to all
members of the ACM. SIGITE may hold meetings only in places that are
open to all classes of members of the ACM.
Article 14. Consistency
The Constitution, Bylaws, and policies of the ACM and of the SGB EC
take precedence over any conflicting provisions of these bylaws or
internal policies of SIGITE.