Constitution of the Council
of Professors of Instructional Supervision

Articles of the Constitution

  • ARTICLE I: NAME +

    The name of the organization shall be the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision hereafter referred to in this constitution as the Council.

  • ARTICLE II: PURPOSES +

    The purposes of the Council are:

    (1) To provide a professional forum for consideration, discussion, review, and/or critique of proposals, propositions, and projections regarding supervision of instruction.

    (2) To stimulate communication, cooperation, and coordination among professors of instructional supervision.

    (3) To give continuing attention to the improvement of the theory and practice of supervision.

    (4) To foster the development and publication of manuscripts on current research, theory, and practice in supervision of instruction.

    (5) To maintain interest in, recognition of, and support for the field of instructional supervision.

    (6) To interact with and encourage communication with practicing school supervisors.

  • ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP +

    Section 1

    Membership shall be open to faculty and practitioners who have a strong and continuing interest and performance record in the study and practice of instructional supervision.

    Section 2

    Names of proposed members shall be submitted to a membership committee which shall review credentials, recommend those qualified for membership, and present a ballot of qualified proposed members to the membership prior to the annual meeting. Criteria for membership shall include one or more of the following:

    1. Teaching graduate level courses in supervision of instruction.

    2. Directing and/or pursuing research on processes, roles, functions or practices in supervision.

    3. Serving as a consultant, advisor, writer, designer, or otherwise serving to promote instructional supervision as professional practice.

    Section 3

    The total active membership shall not exceed one hundred.

    Section 4

    Each member must attend at least one meeting within a three year period in order to maintain membership in COPIS.

    Members who are admitted to International or Emeritus status are exempt from the one meeting within three years attendance requirement.

    Members who are admitted to Emeritus Status are not required to pay membership dues.

    Members who do not pay dues for two consecutive years will be automatically removed from the membership roster.

  • ARTICLE IV: FINANCES +

    Section 1

    Dues shall be levied by action of the general membership at its annual meeting.

    Section 2

    Dues shall remain unchanged except by a majority vote of those present at the annual meeting.

    Section 3

    The financial year shall be from January 1 – December 31.

  • ARTICLE V: OFFICERS +

    Section 1

    The officers of the Council shall be a President and a Secretary-Treasurer.

    Section 2

    The President and the Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Council and shall hold office for a one year term. The Secretary-Treasurer shall become the President for the following term of one year and a new Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected.

    Section 3

    It shall be the duty of the president to direct the business of the Council and to preside over all meetings of the Council. When the president cannot attend a meeting, the secretary treasurer will lead the meeting.

    Section 4

    It shall be the duty of the secretary-treasurer to keep a correct written record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Council, to conduct correspondence as appropriate, and to maintain a roster of members.

    The secretary-treasurer will also receive dues and other monies paid to the Council, disburse funds in accordance with an adopted budget and action taken by the Council, keep a record of receipts and disbursements, establish and maintain a bank account in the name of the Council, and report on the financial condition of the Council at each annual meeting.

  • ARTICLE VI: MEETINGS +

    Section 1

    The Council shall hold a fall meeting at the university site of a COPIS member. The selection of the site shall be by recommendation of the site selection committee and vote of the membership from among those proposals presented.

    Section 2

    Special meetings of the Council may be called by the chairperson or by a majority vote of the membership.

    Section 3

    A quorum for the conduct of business shall be a majority of those present.

  • ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES +

    Section 1

    The following standing committees shall be appointed at the annual meeting:

    1. Program Committee to plan the program for the next meeting.

    2. Site Selection Committee to present recommendations for meeting sites.

    3. Membership Committee to carry out the functions described in Article III.

    4. Scholarship Committee to annually solicit, identify, and award no more than three Arthur Blumberg Scholarship Awards each year to advanced graduate students and recent graduates who present papers at the annual fall conference.

    5. Publications Committee to review and recommend materials for publication.

    6. Nominations Committee to prepare a slate of officers for the next annual election.

    Section 2

    Ad hoc committees may be directed by a vote of the membership or appointed by the President as need arises.

  • ARTICLE VIII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY +

    Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern all parliamentary procedures of the Council.

  • ARTICLE IX: DISSOLUTION +

    Upon dissolution of the Council after payment of all outstanding accounts, all remaining monies shall be transferred to the Supervision and Instructional Leadership SIG of the American Educational Research Association.

  • ARTICLE X: GRADUATE STUDENT NETWORK +

    Section 1 – Directory

    Each year the secretary-treasurer or designee will send a graduate student information survey to all COPIS members which can be duplicated and given to appropriate graduate students for completion. This individual will then compile a graduate student directory from the returned surveys and mail this directory to all who responded to the survey.

    Section 2 – Ad Hoc Graduate Student Committee

    Each year during the Fall conference, a designated time and space will be provided to allow graduate students in attendance at the conference to meet together as a group. The facilitator for this meeting will be a chairperson elected by the membership or appointed by the President.

  • ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS +

    Section 1

    All proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing to the membership at its annual meeting.

    Section 2

    A majority vote of those present shall constitute the adoption of the amendment.

    Section 3

    No more than $10,000 shall ever be maintained in the Council treasury. No more than $5,000 of operating funds will be maintained in the treasury for more than a two year period without discussion and decisions about its use at an annual membership meeting.

    No more than one-half of the operating funds shall be used in any one year for any of the following expenses that would benefit the membership: communications with the membership and normal conference expenses, after consultation between the officers and the Program Committee.

    In addition, while the funds associated with the Arthur Blumberg Scholarship Fund are co-mingled for accounting purposes, only the Scholarship Committee shall make awards from that Fund. A separate accounting of income and expenses for the Fund will be made annually.


    (Originally proposed 11/08/07 by Helen Hazi, Zach Kelehear, and Edward Pajak).

    Adopted: March 13, 1976
    Miami Beach, Florida

    Revised: November 8, 1987
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Revised: March 1990
    San Antonio, Texas

    Revised: November, 1992
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Revised: March 7, 2003
    San Francisco, California

    Revised: October 31, 2013
    State College, Pennsylvania

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Adoption & Revisions

Adopted: March 13, 1976
Miami Beach, Florida

Revised: November 8, 1987
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Revised: March 1990
San Antonio, Texas

Revised: November, 1992
Baltimore, Maryland

Revised: March 7, 2003
San Francisco, California

Revised: October 31, 2013
State College, Pennsylvania

Scholarship

Arthur Blumberg and Edward Pajak, founding members of COPIS, made profound contributions to the study and practice of instructional supervision. In their memory, the Blumberg-Pajak Scholarship fund supports awards and travel for doctoral students and recent graduates to attend and be recognized at COPIS events.

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