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Bylaws of the Special
Interest Group For
Research in Mathematics Education
Article I: Name, Affiliation, & Governing Authority
Section 1. Name. The group shall be known as the
Special Interest Group For Research in Mathematics Education (SIG/RME).
Section 2. Affiliation. By virtue of its affiliation
with the American Educational Research Association as a Special
Interest Group, the organization pays annual dues to AERA and
participates in the AERA Annual Meeting. The organization exists in its
own right, however, and will continue to exist if for some reason it
ceases to remain affiliated with AERA.
Section 3. Governing Authority. The Special Interest
Group for Research in Mathematics Education (SIG/RME) shall be governed
by these Bylaws as well as the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation of
the American Educational Research Association. SIG/RME Bylaws shall not
conflict with the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation of AERA.
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of SIG/RME is to promote and to disseminate
research, development, and evaluative efforts in mathematics education,
and to promote and encourage scholarly and productive exchanges among
members of all the constituencies that affect, or are affected by,
research on the learning and teaching of mathematics.
Article III: Membership
Section 1. Eligibility. Membership shall be open to
any individual interested in the purpose of SIG/RME and who pays the
annual dues specified by the organization. Members of SIG/RME need not
also be members of AERA, but are strongly encouraged to join both
organizations. Applications for membership shall be sent to the
Treasurer of SIG/RME who shall accept and process them.
Section 2. Duration. The membership year extends from
the day immediately following the conclusion of the most recent AERA
Annual Meeting through the final day of the next AERA Annual Meeting.
Section 3. Voting Rights. All members of SIG/RME may
vote in any election called for by the SIG.
Section 4. Membership Dues. Membership dues are
payable immediately following the AERA Annual Meeting and will be
delinquent after June 1 of the same year. The amount of membership dues
shall be determined by majority vote at the SIG/RME Business Meeting
held during the AERA Annual Meeting.
Article IV: Officers, Terms, & Elections
Section 1. Officers.
The governing board of SIG/RME shall be known as the SIG/RME Executive
Board. The seven elected officers who comprise the Board shall include
two chairpersons, an awards board member, an events board member, one
treasurer, a communications board member, and an electronics board
Section 2. Qualifications. An elected officer must be
a voting member of AERA as well as a member in good standing of
SIG/RME. Individuals who have served as officers of SIG/RME will not be
eligible for re-election to the Executive Board for five years
following the completion of their most recent service on the Executive
Section 3. Terms of Office. The term of office for
membership on the SIG/RME Executive Board shall be two years. On
alternative years the following Executive Board members shall be
Odd-Numbered Years: Co-chairperson, Events Board Member, Communications Board Member, Electronics Board Member
Even-Numbered Years: Co-chairperson, Awards Board Member, and
In the year of his or her election the co-chairperson assumes
the position of junior chair. The following year that person assumes
the position of senior chair. All terms of office begin at the close of
the AERA Annual Meeting that follows the election balloting.
Section 4. Nominating and Election Procedures.
Nominations for the SIG/RME Executive Board shall be solicited from the
membership in the Summer SIG/RME Newsletter. The current Executive
Board shall select from those nominated and eligible for election a
slate of six candidates, two for each position to be filled. Candidates
who agree to stand for election shall provide brief (one paragraph)
biographies to the Electronics Board Member. The ballots and biographies
shall be distributed in the Fall Newsletter, with a voting deadline of
1 January of the year following the distribution of the ballots.
Ballots shall be returned to the Electronics Board Member, who shall
tally the results the first week of January and notify the candidates
of the results. The membership shall be notified of the election
results in the Winter Newsletter.
Section 5. Vacated Offices. When any elected officer
for some reason leaves office before the end of the full term is
completed, the office shall be declared vacant and the Executive Board,
minus the leaving party, shall appoint by simple majority vote an
Acting Officer for the duration of the individual’s term.
Article V: Committees
At present SIG/RME has no standing committees; the
responsibility for SIG/RME governance lies with the SIG/RME Executive
Board. Should the need for change be perceived, that need can be met
through the procedures outlined in Article X.
Article VI: Meetings & Business
Section 1. AERA Annual Meeting. There shall be a
SIG/RME Business Meeting held each year in conjunction with the
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. All SIG/RME
activities are open for discussion at the business meeting. The SIG/RME
Executive Board shall also meet at the AERA Annual Meeting in
preparation for the business meeting.
Section 2. NCTM Annual Meeting. SIG/RME shall, in
concert with the NCTM Research Advisory Committee, sponsor research
pre-sessions to the annual NCTM meetings.
Section 3. Notice of Meetings. Announcement of the
time and place of the AERA Annual Meeting, the SIG/RME Business
Meeting, and the schedule and abstracts of all SIG/RME-sponsored
sessions at the AERA and NCTM Annual Meetings shall be included in the
Winter SIG/RME Newsletter.
Section 4. Governing Procedures. Issues of procedure
not covered by these Bylaws shall be governed by Robert's Rules of
Article VII: Membership Directory
Section 1. Title. The organization shall maintain on
annual basis a SIG/RME Membership Directory.
Section 2. Editors. The Communications Board Member and Treasurer shall
jointly be responsible for producing the Membership Directory.
Section 3. Issuance & Updates.
The membership directory shall be made available to all SIG/RME members
electronically via email and the SIG/RME website (password-protected).
Periodic updates may be provided if deemed necessary.
Article VIII: Newsletter
Section 1. Title. The organization shall sponsor a
Newsletter of the Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics
Education of AERA.
Section 2. Editor. The Communications Board Member of SIG/RME shall
serve as Newsletter Editor. The Executive Board and Newsletter Editor
shall jointly determine the information coverage provided by the
Section 3. Issuance and Coverage. The newsletter
shall be published three times per year. The Winter, Summer, and Fall
issues shall appear respectively in February, June, and November. In
addition to news and notices of interest to the mathematics education
community, the issues of the Newsletter may include the following:
• AERA abstracts
• NCTM pre-session program and abstracts
• Election Results (New Officers)
• SIG/RME Membership List
• Business Meeting Minutes
• Treasurer’s Report
• Solicitations for nominations to Executive Board
• Solicitations for suggestions regarding invited speakers, pre-sessions, and AERA proposals
• Invited speaker’s paper
• Election ballots with biographies
• Announcement of upcoming AERA highlights
• Dates and times for NCTM pre-sessions
Article IX: Finances
Section 1. Dues. As covered also in Article III,
Section 4 of these Bylaws, the annual dues for membership in the
organization shall be determined by majority vote at the SIG/RME
business meeting held during the AERA Annual Meeting. Membership dues
are solicited in the Winter Newsletter of year X, payable by that
year=s AERA meeting and delinquent after June 1 of year X, for the
fiscal year that extends between the AERA meetings in years X and X+1.
Section 2. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year for the
organization shall extend from the day immediately following the
conclusion of the most recent AERA Annual Meeting through the final day
of the next AERA Annual Meeting.
Section 3. Audit & Control. All receipts and
disbursements shall be made only to bank accounts established by the
Treasurer. The financial records of the group shall be presented to the
membership by the Treasurer at the annual business meeting.
Section 4. Non-Profit Status. SIG/RME is a non-profit
organization. All assets are used for specific SIG/RME activities and
no officers, members, or private persons shall benefit financially from
Section 5. SIG Dues Payment to AERA. SIG/RME
recognizes the support provided to it by AERA and as such recognizes
and complies with AERA to pay annual dues and to file an annual report.
Section 6. Dissolution. In the event SIG/RME is
dissolved, the current team of officers shall remain in office until
all affairs of the group have been properly terminated. Any funds
remaining after payment of debts and obligations shall be used to hold
one last bash for those members of SIG/RME who stay on to the bitter
Article X: Awards
Section 1. Early Career Publication Award. The
SIG/RME Early Career Publication Award recognizes outstanding
mathematics education research published by individuals within five
years of receiving their doctoral degrees.
- The publication being nominated for the SIG/RME Early Career
Publication Award may be based on the dissertation work of the nominee
or other recent research the nominee has conducted.
- The nominee should be either the single author or the first author
(in the case of a jointly authored paper).
- Only peer reviewed research publications are eligible for nomination;
the award will not be given for a dissertation.
- The nominee should have received his/her doctoral degree in
mathematics education no earlier than 6 years prior to the nomination
- Nominations for the award are submitted to the Awards Board Member no
later than the 15th of January of the year that the award is made.
- The Awards Board Member is responsible for collecting and
disseminating the nomination packets.
- Nominations should include (and are restricted to) 2 copies of the
- a letter nominating the author of an early career publication. Please
include the name of the author, the date he/she received the doctoral
degree, and the name of the institution that conferred the degree.
- The nominator should also include reasons that the paper should be
considered as an example of an outstanding mathematics education
- If the article is based on the author’s dissertation, please include
the name of the dissertation director and complete bibliographic
information about the dissertation including the dissertation
abstract's number. (Self-nominations are allowed.);
- a copy of the published paper, including complete bibliographic
- a copy of the Table of Contents of the journal or other peer reviewed
research publication in which the paper appeared.
Selection and Award Procedures
A sub-committee of the Executive Board, consisting of the Awards,
Events, and Electronics Board Members, will consider the nominations.
- Following consideration and discussion of all nominations, a
recommendation can be made to the SIG/RME Executive Board and the
Senior Co-Chair contacts the winner through an e-mail and formal
letter, a copy of which will be forwarded to a person as requested by
- The Awards Board Member prepares a press release of the
winning entry to be published in the Summer Newsletter and on the
SIG/RME website, and forwarded to relevant listserves in mathematics
education, makes arrangements for having the award plaque made.
- The Awards Board Member sends email messages to each of
the nominators of the other nominees to thank them for their interest
and to invite them to resubmit the nomination during the next year (for
those nominees who still meet the qualifications of the award).
- The award is formally presented at the NCTM Research Pre session.
- The award includes a stipend of $500 and a plaque that includes the
winner’s name, the title of the winning article, and the name of the
journal or peer reviewed research publication in which the article was
Section 2. Senior Scholar Award. The
Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education announces
the creation of the Senior Scholar Award for Research in Mathematics
Education. This award recognizes the programmatic research and
research-mentoring work of a senior scholar within the field of
The award is an attempt to recognize a scholar viewed by mathematics
education researchers as an ambassador of important research in the
field. Several circumstances make this a timely move for the SIG/RME.
The SIG/RME recognizes that various kinds of work (scholarly, academic,
and political) by many individuals has been crucial in creating the
current critical mass of research in mathematics education that allows
us to be a part of the larger educational research community as well as
establish a solid foundation for mathematics education as an autonomous
field of inquiry. Some awards in mathematics education have been
established to recognize leadership (such as the NCTM Lifetime
Achievement Award), lifetime achievement in mathematics education
research (such as the Klein award given by ICMI), or outstanding
programs of research (such as the Freudenthal award given by ICMI).
The SIG/RME considers it is timely to recognize and reward those
individuals who, while still active doing research, embody those
special qualities that the mathematics education research community
values as essential to its existence and progress as a field of
inquiry. The SIG/RME recognizes, in particular, those characteristics
of some among our midst who, through their specific research work, have
collaborated to define the nature of mathematics education research:
How our field pursues specific objects of inquiry that, insofar as they
dig deep into the nature of mathematics, are distinct from those
traditionally studied by educational researchers and social scientists
in general, while at the same time, by doing so, our field contributes
to enrich the lenses with which those broader disciplines attend to
their own objects of inquiry. The SIG/RME recognizes also the
tremendous value of cumulative and persistent theoretical and empirical
work in defining a field: How our identity as a field depends not on
single shots at timely problems but on sustained agendas of research
that propagate across generations. The SIG/RME attempts to recognize
individuals who have been responsible for the progress of the field as
a field of research that can create ideas and results that are usable
and used; a field that can generate and regenerate its own capacity for
research production, and eventually stand out within the wider field of
educational inquiry while contributing to the progress of that broader
field as well. The SIG/RME attempts to reward examples of its best work
not the least for the reason that in doing so it also rewards the
values of a community and vows for its identity, singularity,
subsistence, and progress.
For those many reasons, the SIG/RME will bestow the award upon a senior scholar who is active in mathematics education research
at the time the award is granted (as attested to, for example, by
research publications of recent date or current doctoral advisees) and
who is nominated by members of the community as exemplar in regard to the following two basic criteria. The nominee has:
designed and carried out programmatic research
that originates in mathematics education and helps understand crucial
phenomena of mathematics teaching and learning, as represented in a
corpus of writings and research projects that have contributed to the
theoretical development of the field as well as having been grounded
developed the research capacity of the field,
as attested to by the existence of a “school of thought” or
intellectual heritage associated to the scholar’s name, a heritage that
includes other individuals whom the scholar has had a direct influence
in encouraging and helping become productive in mathematics education
research or an identifiable domain of mathematics education research
within which the nominee’s constructs and results are used regularly by
The SIG/RME/RME recognizes also that other features of a person’s work
might add to the criteria above, strengthening a nomination. Among the
criteria that could add to the basic ones are one or more of the
following. The nominee has also made:
major contributions to the broader field of educational research,
as represented by his or her participation (as author, speaker, or
consultant) in research forums from fields other than mathematics
education or by the recognition of his or her scholarship in other
fields of inquiry (inclusive of all of educational research and the
social sciences), or a
major impact to the practice of mathematics education at large,
as represented by the existence of policy documents, curriculum
materials, professional development programs, or a corpus of
practitioner- or public-oriented literature to which the nominee has
significantly contributed as an author.
The award will be given to one person, biannually on odd-numbered
years. A call for nominations will be published in journals such as Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and Educational Studies in Mathematics,
and in the SIG/RME newsletter every odd-numbered year during the
summer. Nominations will be due in May of the following even year. A
competition will only be held if two or more nominations are received.
The award will be announced in the SIG/RME newsletter, and in journals
such as Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Educational Studies in Mathematics, and the Educational Researcher
during the fall of every even year. The award will be presented during
the AERA business meeting of the SIG/RME every odd-numbered year. A
committee, whose composition is noted below, will select the awardee
from among the nominees or else it may decide to give no award on a
The award will consist of
• a plaque; and
• an invited address in the context of the AERA meeting on the odd-numbered year.
o The SIG/RME
will pay a set honorarium for the invited address, equal to what it
usually pays to the invited speaker ($500 in 2004).
The SIG/RME will also reimburse travel expenses to AERA for the awardee
up to $2,000.
o The SIG/RME will distribute the text of the invited address in one of the following ways:
• seeking publication of the text in a journal
• producing an occasional paper to be shared with the members, or
• sponsoring the edition of a book collecting the address as well as other writings of the awardee.
• A letter of
nomination emailed to the Awards Board Member proposing the name of the
nominee and describing the grounds on which the nominee meets the
requirements for the award. Two criteria should be addressed in the
1. A brief
(no more than 500-word) nomination letter that describes the program of
research carried out by the nominee as well as the grounds on which the
nominee meets the requirements of the award; and
2. A recent CV.
Self-nominations will not be accepted. The award is open to scholars
worldwide. Membership in AERA or SIG/RME is not required of the nominee.
The SIG/RME board will establish an awards committee that will include five voting members and one ex-officio member:
• A retired senior scholar in mathematics education, who will chair the Committee.
• The previous awardee or a senior scholar in mathematics education for the first installment of the award.
• Two active members of SIG/RME who are senior
scholars in mathematics education research chosen by the SIG/RME board
from the membership at large.
• The outgoing co-chair of the SIG/RME board, who was
“senior chair” at the time the committee was put together.
• The co-chair of the SIG/RME board who, as a “junior
chair,” had put together the committee and who becomes the “senior
co-chair” at the time the awards’ committee meets (April of the even
year) will be an ex-officio member of the awards committee (in charge
of the logistics of the awards committee).
The committee may choose to consult with additional scholars who can
speak to the relative influence of nominees in the field of educational
research at large or in mathematics education writ large.
Nomination and award process and timeline
|Persons in Charge
|Starting May, odd numbered year
|Call for award nominations is published in SIG/RME newsletter and related websites, such as JRME, ESM, ER websites.
|Awards Board Member and Electronics Board Member produce ad, vetted by board, publish it, and pass the bill to Treasurer
|May 15 in each even year
|Nominations are due
|Awards Board Member
|May, even year
|Award committee is
formed to include both co-chairs, the previous awardee, two senior
scholars, and a retired scholar who will chair the process
|Junior Co Chair
|May, even year
|Nominations that argue
and support the two basic criteria are copied and mailed to award
committee members. Other nominations are politely returned to sender.
|Awards Board Member emails copies to all six committee members. Responds to nominations that do not meet basic criteria.
|June, even year
|Award committee holds conference call to discuss nominees and decide award, making a rank order according to merit
|Awards committee, Senior co-chair manages the conference logistics
|June, even year
|Senior Co-chair and
Chair of Awards committee contact awardee with the news, ask for
written acceptance and commitment to present at AERA
|Senior Co-chair and Chair of Awards committee
|Starting July, even year
|The award is announced in the SIG/RME newsletter, in JRME, ESM, and ER.
|Senior co-chair crafts
press release, vetted by awards committee and SIG/RME board.
Communications and Electronics Board Members publish. Treasurer pays
|November, even year
|AERA program is crafted, awardee provides title and abstract
|April, odd year
|Award is presented
|Senior Co-Chair and Chair of Awards committee
|April, odd year
|Invited address delivered
|Awardee, assisted by Awards Board Member for logistics
|May, odd year
|Invited address’s text is due
|Communications Board Member
|After May, odd year
|Invited address text is distributed
|Communications and Electronics Board Members