ISQOLS-Bylaws

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR QUALITY-OF-LIFE STUDIES

(A Virginia Non-Profit, Non-Stock Corporation)

ARTICLE I – NAME, DEFINITION, OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS

Name: The name of the Corporation is the “International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies”. The Corporation may be referred to as “ISQOLS” or as the “Society”.

Definition of Quality-of-Life (QOL) Studies: Quality-of-life (QOL) studies are defined as research across social, psychological, health, philosophical, art, environmental, managerial and policy-sciences that focus on the enhancement of QOL of a social system (e.g. person, population segment, an organization, a community, an industry, a country, an environment, a region or the world at large, etc.). Central to most QOL studies are QOL indicators. QOL indicators may be global or related to specific life domains, they may be concerned with objective aspects of reality, with their subjective perception, and/or with the relationship between both objective and subjective aspects of welfare. For example, many QOL studies have focused on specific life domains, their objective conditions and satisfaction with personal health, job, marriage, family, neighbourhood, etc. The focus of any QOL study is on the welfare or well-being of a social system or a major component of it.

Objectives: The Society is a scientific organization and shall function as a non-profit, charitable corporation whose purposes are to promote and encourage research, discussion, contributions to the research literature and teaching in QOL studies, and provide a liaison among academic, public sector and private sector researchers, scholars, and teachers across a variety of academic and professional disciplines.

The general objectives of the Society are:

  • To provide an organization through which all academic and professional researchers interested in QOL studies may coordinate their efforts to advance the field of QOL studies within various disciplines.
  • To assume leadership in academic circles (and/or to establish guidelines) for an objective and scientific appraisal of the impact of specific products, programs, services, organizations, and/or institutions on the QOL of society and selected groups (e.g., population segments, communities, countries).
  • To stimulate interdisciplinary research in QOL studies across a variety of academic and professional disciplines.
  • To develop closer liaisons across academic and professional disciplines such as marketing, management, economics, sociology, psychology, communications, political science, philosophy, hospitality, housing, education, public administration, healthcare, environmental sciences, and related others where QOL research is being pursued.
  • To encourage closer cooperation among scholars engaged in QOL studies in developing better measures and methods of QOL for various groups (at various levels of analyses) and better QOL intervention strategies and policies.
  • To develop closer liaisons with the many organizations associated with QOL studies.
  • To play a role of a social change agent to bring about polices to foster QOL of various segments of society.

Functions:

  • Provide an exchange of information about QOL studies to researchers in the various fields of science.
  • Provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of problems in the field of QOL studies as may seem desirable and in keeping with the general purposes of the Society.
  • Encourage the publication of original research dealing with QOL studies.
  • Cooperate with other organizations and societies in activities that promote the objectives of the Society.
  • Perform such activities as are necessary in order that the Society may serve as the recognized representative of the QOL studies in academic and professional circles.
  • Contribute to the teaching of QOL studies (including qol-certificates) across a variety of disciplines in all institutions of higher education.
  • Undertake such other activities as may be compatible with the objectives of the society.

ARTICLE II – OFFICES

The principal office of the Society shall be located at the office of the Executive Director of the Society.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERS

General: Membership in the Society shall be open to all individuals interested in QOL studies and in furthering the conduct, creation, diffusion, and/or utilization of QOL research (knowledge) in socially responsible ways.

Designation of Classes of Members:

There shall be five (5) classes of Members of the Society, which are designated as follows:

  • Regular Members. Any individual interested in furthering the purposes of the Society may apply for membership as a Regular Member upon filing with the Executive Director the Regular Member application form and the payment of dues applicable to Regular Members, if any.
  • Student Members. Any individual interested in furthering the purposes of the Society and currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in a college or university may become a Student Member upon filing with the Executive Director the Student Member application form and the payment of dues applicable to Student members, if any.
  • Emeritus Members. Any individual who has retired from gainful employment as a professor, an official of a government agency, or a nonprofit organization, upon reaching retirement age or because of poor health and who is interested in furthering the purposes of the Society may become an Emeritus Member upon filing with the Executive Director the Emeritus Member application form and the payment of dues applicable to Emeritus Members, if any.
  • Charter Members. Any Regular, Student, or Emeritus member interested in furthering the purposes of the Society may apply for membership as a Charter Member (lifetime membership) upon filing with the Executive Director the Charter Member application form and the payment of dues applicable to Charter Members, if any.
  • Institutional Members. Any public or private sector organization interested in furthering the purposes of the Society may apply for membership as an Institutional Member upon filing with the Executive Director the Institutional Member application form and the payment of dues applicable to Institutional Members, if any.

Voting Rights: All Members shall vote as one voting class or voting group referred to in these Bylaws as the “general membership”

Dues: The dues, if any, for Members shall be established by a 2/3 majority of the Board of Directors (with at least 25%) of the directors voting. Only those who have paid the applicable dues, if any, for the current year will be Members of the Society.

Main Meeting: The main meeting of the Members shall be held at the main conference of the Society – at least once in two years. The time and place of the main conference will be determined by the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

General Powers: The Directors shall have power to amend the Society’s bylaws. Amendments can be proposed by any Director, and all amendments have to ratified by a 2/3 majority vote (with at least 25% of the Directors voting). The vote may be conducted by other means (e.g., e-mail).

Number, Tenure, and Qualifications: The number of Directors of the Society may vary from a minimum of 20 to a maximum of 30. Within such minimum and maximum, the number of Directors may be fixed or changed from time to time by the Board of Directors. Such minimum and/or maximum numbers of Directors may be increased or decreased from time to time by amendment to these Bylaws.

The Directors shall be elected for two (2) year terms. Directors shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee and shall be elected by the majority vote of the general membership.

Regular Meetings: The Board of Directors shall meet at the main meeting of the Members. The purpose of the regular meeting shall be to (1) review the Society’s bylaws and suggest appropriate changes, (2) accept/reject nominations of awards, and (2) conduct such business as indicated on an agenda prepared by either the President or the Executive Director

Special Meetings: Special meeting of the Directors may be called by or at the request of the President or any five Directors entitled to vote at such meetings. The person or persons authorized to call special meetings of the Directors may fix the time and place for holding any special meeting of the Directors called by them. Notice of a special meeting shall be announced to all Directors at least 7 days in advance of the meeting and shall state the purpose of the meeting.

ARTICLE V -OFFICERS

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall consist of the five most recent past presidents of the Society, the current President, the President-Elect, the Executive Director/Treasurer, the chair of the Board of Directors, the past chair of the Board of Director, the Vice-President for Membership/Publicity, the Vice-President for Publications, the Vice-President for Programs, the Director of Development, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the Vice-President for Professional Affairs, the Vice-President for External Affairs, the Vice-President for Finance, and the chairs of all the ad hoc committees formed by the current President. The Executive Committee shall act as the governing body of the society and may exercise authority for all matters, except for those matters specifically assigned to the Board of Directors under the Society’s Bylaws and except for those matters requiring the action of the Board of Directors or Members under the laws of the State of Virginia. The Executive Committee shall promptly inform the Board of Directors of all decisions made by the Executive Committee.

Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee is a committee chaired by the Vice-President for External Affairs. The committee should be composed of five (5) Directors who are nominated directly by VP-External Affairs and ratified by a majority vote of the Executive Committee (with at least 25% of the Officers voting) for each nominee. The Nominating Committee makes nominations to the following positions/awards:

  • President-elect
  • Board of directors
  • Research Fellows
  • Distinguished QOL Researcher Award
  • Distinguished Service Award, and
  • Award for the Betterment of Human Condition.

The Nominating Committee shall follow the criteria agreed to by the Executive Committee in making its nominations for the above-described positions/awards. All officer positions are elected (except that of the Executive Director, which is appointed by the president) by the general membership of the Society. All awards are accepted/rejected by a majority vote of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Board members voting).

Other Committees: The Executive Committee may establish such other standing committees as it shall deem advisable. The President shall appoint the Directors or Members to serve on such standing committees, each of which shall consist of two (2) or more Directors (or Members).

Place of Meetings: The Executive Committee may hold its meetings at the main conference of the Society or some other place, independent of the main conference. The President and Executive Director, in consultation with other officers of the Society, will make the final determination of the meeting time and place.

Officers: The officers of the Society shall be President, Past President (five most recent presidents), President-Elect, Executive Director/Treasurer, Vice-President for Membership/Publicity, Vice-President for Publications, Vice-President for Programs, Director of Development, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Vice-President for Professional Affairs, Vice-President for External Affairs, and Vice-President for Finance. At the expiration of the term of any President, the previously elected President-Elect shall automatically become President.

The President position is a two-year term elected by the general membership (majority vote). The President-elect becomes the incoming President after the term of the outgoing president expires. The President-elect is nominated by the Nominating Committee. The President presides at all meetings of the Society and is the Chair of the Executive Committee. S/he appoints the Executive Director/Treasurer, Director of Development, and all necessary ad hoc committees that s/he sees fit. The President selects chairpersons for the ad hoc committees, and the chairpersons of the ad hoc committees seek volunteers for committee members. The President guides and coordinates the activities of the Society. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors.

The President-Elect is the position of the person elected by the general membership to assume the presidency after the completion of the term of the current president. The President-Elect is responsible for nominating the officers that will serve on the Executive Committee in his/her term of office. The President-Elect participates in all Executive Committee meetings and has full voting privileges.

The Past President is the position of the immediate past president and the preceding four presidencies. Past Presidents participate in all Executive Committee meetings and have full voting privileges.

The Executive Director/Treasurer position is a 2-year term appointed by the President and ratified by the Board (by a majority vote with at least 25% of the members voting). S/he oversees all day-to-day operations of the Society, including the treasurer’s duties and responsibilities. S/he may choose to form a Treasurer Committee by selecting a chairperson of that committee, who in turn may select members to serve on this committee. The business office shall be located where the Executive Director/Treasurer is based. The Executive Director/Treasurer participates in all Executive Committee meetings but does not have voting privileges. The Executive Director/Treasurer shall maintain the Membership list of the Society, and is responsible for conducting all elections. S/he shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the President or the Executive Committee.

The Vice-President for Membership/Publicity position is a two–year term elected by the general membership (majority vote). The Vice-President for Membership is nominated by the President-Elect. S/he has the responsibility for attainment of membership goals and adherence to membership standards. The Vice-President for Membership may form ad hoc committees to help him/her with membership/publicity tasks. Examples of ad hoc committees may involve separate membership committees for North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Republics, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, and Asia. Furthermore, this position calls for publicizing each conference or program to the press and making arrangements with various publishers to exhibit their books at each conference (and also have book exhibitors sponsor conference events such as banquets, coffee breaks, and awards).

The Vice-President for Publications position is a two-year term elected by the general membership (majority vote). The Vice-President for Publications is nominated by the President-Elect. S/he has the responsibility for attainment of publications goals and adherence to publications standards. The primary publication goal is the development and/or maintenance of journals, newsletters, monographs, and bibliographic materials unique to QOL studies. S/he may form ad hoc committees to help him/her with the publication tasks. Examples of ad hoc committees may include a Newsletter Committee, Journals Committee, Monograph Series Committee, Bibliography Committee, etc.

The Vice-President for Programs position is a two-year term elected by the general membership (majority vote). The Vice-President for Programs is nominated by the President-Elect. S/he has the responsibility for attainment of program goals and adherence to program standards. Programs are defined as conferences, workshops, seminars, and other networking/education-related events. S/he may form ad hoc committees to help him/her with program tasks. Examples of ad hoc committees may include the North American Conference, the International Conference, Regional Conference X, Y, and Z, etc.

The Director of Development position is a two-year term appointed by the president and ratified by the Board (by a majority vote with at least 25% of the members voting). S/he has the responsibility for involving business firms and government agencies in providing financial and other support for research undertaken by the members of the Society. S/he should closely coordinate with the Executive Director/Treasurer regarding development activities. Because this is an appointed position, the Director of Development does not have voting privileges.

The Vice-President for Academic Affairs position is a two-year term elected by the general membership (majority vote). The Vice-President for Academic Affairs is nominated by the President-Elect. S/he has the responsibility for stimulating doctoral-program student involvement with the Society. Tasks may include managing the Dissertation Contest conducted at the Society’s conferences, coordinating with the Vice-President for Membership to recruit doctoral students to the Society, among others. S/he may form ad hoc committees to help him/her with the tasks of academic affairs.

The Vice President for Professional Affairs position is a two-year term elected by the general membership (majority vote). The Vice-President for Professional Affairs is nominated by the President-Elect. S/he has the responsibility for establishing relationships with other academic and professional organizations. S/he may form ad hoc committees to help him/her with the tasks of this position.

The Vice-President for External Affairs position is a two-year term elected by the general membership (majority vote). The Vice-President for External Affairs is nominated by the President-Elect. S/he has the responsibility for nominating several (e.g., five) Directors to form the Nominating Committee. Once these nominations are ratified by the Executive Committee (2/3 majority with at least 50% of the officers voting), the VP-External Affairs provides leadership to this committee in identifying nominees for the following positions and all awards granted by the Society during its international meetings: President-Elect, Board members, Fellows, Distinguished QOL Researcher Award, Distinguished Service Award, the Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition, and all other awards listed in Article XII of these By-Laws.

Removal: Any officer or agent of the Society may be removed by a 2/3 majority vote of the Directors whenever in their judgment the best interests of the Society would be served thereby, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the person so removed. The election or appointment of an officer shall not of itself create contract rights.

Vacancies: A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or otherwise, may be filled by Members of the Society as appointed by the President.

Compensation: Officers as such shall not receive any compensation for their services as officers, but the Executive Committee may, by resolution, authorize reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

ARTICLE VI – CONTRACTS, LOANS, CHECKS AND DEPOSITS

Contracts: The President may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Society, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

Loans: No loans shall be contracted on behalf of the Society and no evidences of indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless authorized by a resolution of the President, Executive Director/Treasurer, and Vice-President for Finance. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

Checks, Drafts, Etc.: All checks, drafts, or other orders for the payment of money, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the Society, shall be signed only by either the Executive Director/Treasurer and/or the President.

Deposits: All funds of the Society not otherwise employed shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the Society in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as the Executive Director/Treasurer, President, and Vice President for Finance may select.

Acceptance of Gifts: The Board of Directors or any officer or officers or agent or agents of the Society to whom such authority may be delegated by the Executive Committee, may accept on behalf of the Society any contribution, gift, bequest or devise for the general purposes or of any special purpose of the Society.

 

ARTICLE VII – FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the Corporation shall end on the 31st day of December in each year.

ARTICLE VIII – SEAL

The Society may have a seal in the appropriate form, which seal, if one is required, shall be kept by the Executive Director/Treasurer and which may be affixed to formal documents executed in the name of the Society to which by law or custom the corporate seal is required to be affixed or is customarily affixed.

ARTICLE IX – INDEMNIFICATION

The Society shall indemnify its Directors and officers in the manner, against the matters, and to the full extent provided and permitted by Article 9, Chapter 10 of Title 13.1 of the Code of Virginia of 1950, as amended.

ARTICLE X – NON-DISCRIMINATION

The Society shall in no way discriminate against any person because of race, religion, sex, color, or national or ethnic origin, in the conduct of any of the Society’s activities (including, but not limited to, the selection or hiring of employees and contractors and the selection of those admitted to the Society’s programs and activities).

ARTICLE XI – RELATIONS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

To achieve its objectives, the Society is encouraged to form cooperative relationships with other professional societies involving managerial (policy), behavioral, social, medical, and environmental sciences.

ARTICLE XII – HONORS AND AWARDS

Research Fellow Award: Up to three may be nominated and all accepted nominees may receive this award per main conference. The basic requirement for eligibility to be designated a Fellow shall be evidence of a substantial contribution to QOL research. The designation of Fellow of ISQOLS is determined by a simple majority of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Directors voting). Nominations for Fellows are made through the Nominating Committee.

Distinguished QOL Researcher Award: Up to five can be nominated for this award but only one person can receive this award per main conference. The basic requirement for eligibility to be designated a Distinguished QOL Researcher shall be evidence of a lifetime and substantial contribution to QOL research. The designation of Distinguished QOL Research of ISQOLS is determined by a simple majority of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Directors voting). Nominations for Distinguished QOL Researchers are made through the Nominating Committee.

Distinguished Service Award: Up to three can be nominated for this award and all accepted nominees may receive this award per main conference. The basic requirement for eligibility to be given a Distinguished Service Award is outstanding service to the Society in an official capacity (e.g., president). The designation of Distinguished Service person is determined by a simple majority of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Directors voting). Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award are made through the Nominating Committee.

Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition: The basic requirement for eligibility for this award is significant accomplishment by an organization (private or public sector organization) to the development and use of QOL measures in the service of its constituency. The Nominating Committee with the assistance of the Vice-President for External Affairs scouts possible candidates for consideration. The selected candidate is nominated by the Nominating Committee and is selected by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Directors voting).

Best Annual Social Indicators Research (SIR) Paper Award: The basic requirement for eligibility for the Best SIR Paper Award is selection of the best paper in the last year of SIR. This process is determined by requesting that the SIR Editor-in-Chief (in consultation with SIR Editorial Review Board) nominate one potential paper for the award. The nomination has to be approved by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Directors voting).

Best Annual Journal of Happiness Studies (JOHS) Paper Award: The basic requirement for eligibility for the Best JHS Paper Award is selection of the best paper in the last year of JOHS. This process is determined by requesting that the JOHS Editor-in-Chief (in consultation with JOHS Editorial Review Board) nominate one potential paper for the award. The nomination has to be approved by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Directors voting).

Best Annual Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL) Paper Award: The basic requirement for eligibility for the Best ARQOL Paper Award is selection of the best paper in the last year of ARQOL. This process is determined by requesting that the ARQOL Editor-in-Chief (in consultation with ARQOL Editorial Review Board) nominate one potential paper for the award. The nomination has to be approved by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Directors voting).

Best Annual Journal of Macromarketing (JMM) QOL Section Paper Award: The basic requirement for eligibility for the Best JMM/QOL Paper Award is the selection of the best paper in the last year of the JMM/QOL section. This process is determined by requesting that the QOL Section Editor (in consultation with the JMM/QOL Editorial Review Board) nominate one potential paper for the award. The nomination has to be approved by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Directors voting).

Best Annual Dissertation Award: A committee shall be formed prior to each of the Society’s international meetings for the purpose of reviewing and recommending an award for the “Best Dissertation” finished during the past two years on some aspect of Quality of Life theory, research or practice. The Committee shall be co-chaired by the co-Vice-Presidents for Academic Affairs and at least one other member of the Executive Committee appointed by the President.

Additional Honors and Awards: The Society may, at its discretion, name additional honors or awards from time to time. The denomination of such awards, though, must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the Directors voting).

ARTICLE XIII – AMENDMENTS

These Bylaws may be amended at any time by a 2/3 vote of the Board of Directors (with at least 25% of the members voting). The vote is to be conducted by mail (or other appropriate means) under conditions using anonymity. An amendment can be proposed by any Director at any time.