2018 DQI Election – Proposed by-laws

Newsletter of the APS Division of Quantum Information

2018 DQI Election – Proposed by-laws

January 30, 2018 Elections 0

This year marks the first year in which we will be voting as a Division of the APS rather than as a Topical Group. As such, in addition to voting for elected positions we also must vote on changes to our by-laws. This post will include the proposed by-laws. A separate post will include the candidate statements. Instructions for voting will be sent to members via e-mail.

Proposed Bylaws of the Division of Quantum Information

Date Approved by Council:

Date Approved by Members:

(In the following text, “Society” shall signify the American Physical Society, “Council” and “Executive Board” shall signify the Council of Representatives and the Board of Directors of the Society, respectively; “CEO” shall signify the Chief Executive Officer of the Society.)


This Division of the American Physical Society shall be called the Division on Quantum Information (DQI).


The objective of the Division shall be the advancement and diffusion of knowledge concerning the physics, concepts and applications of quantum information and quantum foundations. The Division will serve as a focus for fundamental problems of quantum theory, for quantum information, quantum cryptography, quantum computing, quantum simulations, for implementations of quantum information processing and development of new quantum technologies.


Article VIII of the Constitution and Bylaws, and the associated Policies and Procedures of the Society, as said Article and Policies and Procedures may be subsequently revised or amended, are hereby incorporated in these Bylaws by reference.


The members of the Division shall consist of members of the Society who have indicated, in accordance with procedures established by Council, their desire to join the Division and who retain membership from year to year by the payment of designated dues or by other method established by Board.



  1. The Division shall be governed by an Executive Committee, which shall have general charge of the affairs of the Division.
  2. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers of the Division, the most recent Past Chair, the Councilor, Editor of the newsletter and three Members-at-Large elected to staggered three-year terms.
  3. Executive Committee Meetings. The Executive Committee shall meet at least once each year. Any member of the Executive Committee unable to attend a meeting may name a member of the Division as a non-voting alternate to represent him or her, subject to the approval of the Chair. A majority of the voting members, including at least two Officers, shall constitute a quorum.


  1. The Officers of the Division shall be a Chair, a Chair-Elect, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary-Treasurer.
  2. Duties of the Chair.The Chair has overall responsibility for the operations of the Division and shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee and Business Sessions of the Division at which his or her attendance is possible.
  3. Duties of the Chair-Elect.The Chair-Elect shall act in place of the Chair if the latter is unable to perform his or her duties. The Chair-Elect shall perform such other functions as may be explicitly provided in the Bylaws.
  4. Duties of the Vice-Chair.The Vice-Chair shall act in place of the Chair-Elect if the latter is unable to perform his or her duties. The Vice-Chair shall perform such other functions as may be explicitly provided in the Bylaws.


  1. Duties of the Secretary-Treasurer.The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain the records of the Division including minutes of Executive Committee meetings and Business Sessions, Division activities, and membership lists. The Secretary-Treasurer shall notify the Executive Committee of matters requiring the decision of said Committee and shall, in collaboration with the Chair, prepare the agenda of Executive Committee meetings and Business Sessions. The Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare minutes of Executive Committee meetings and Business Sessions and shall submit these minutes to each member of the Executive Committee and to the Society Corporate Secretary within four weeks after each meeting. Following elections, such minutes are to include the results of the election and a roster of the current Executive Committee membership.

The Secretary-Treasurer, in coordination with the Division Councilor, shall keep the Council of the Society informed of the activities and needs of the Division.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall have responsibility for all funds in the custody of or placed at the disposal of the Division and shall, in collaboration with the Chair, authorize disbursements from such funds for expenses in a manner that is consistent with the general policies of the Society and the Division. Financial records shall be kept on an annual basis consistent with the fiscal policies of the Society. The Secretary-Treasurer shall present a financial report at each meeting of the Executive Committee and at the annual Business Session of the Division.


  1. Duties of the Division Councilor. The Division Councilor shall serve as liaison between the Council of the Society and the Executive Committee of the Division. Following each Council meeting, the Division Councilor shall report to the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer regarding Council actions that affect the status and operations of the Division. Reports shall be made to the entire Executive Committee during their regularly scheduled meetings.



  1. Officers and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee must be members of the Division for at least two years prior to nomination.
  2. The Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, Division Councilor, and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee shall be elected by mail or electronic ballot as hereinafter provided.
  3. Nomination and Election of the Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, Division Councilor and Executive Committee Members.Each year the Nominating Committee shall nominate at least two candidates for the office of Vice-Chair, for Secretary-Treasurer during the final year of the term of the current Secretary-Treasurer, for the Division Councilor during the final year of the term of the current Division Councilor, and for open positions of Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consult with the Chair before approving the nomination of any candidate for any consecutive term. The slate of candidates will be balanced as much as possible to ensure wide representation among the various fields of physics included in the membership of the Division. The Nominating Committee shall notify the Secretary-Treasurer of the results not later than ten weeks before the Regular Meeting, except under extraordinary circumstances. The Secretary-Treasurer shall inform the Division members of the nominations made and shall invite these members to suggest candidates for the various offices and Executive Committee positions. If as many as five percent of the total Division membership determined on 31 December of the year preceding the election suggests the same person for the same office, that person shall be deemed to have been nominated.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall poll the Division membership by mail or electronic ballot, stating a closing date at least three weeks prior to the Regular Meeting. Ballots shall be returned to and counted by the Secretary-Treasurer or his or her designate. In the case of an election when the Secretary-Treasurer is a candidate for a second term, the election shall be administered by a process determined by the Executive Committee. Election shall be decided by a plurality of those voting. If there is a tie, the Executive Committee shall decide the election, with the Chair voting only in the case of a tie among the other Executive Committee members. The Secretary-Treasurer shall communicate the results of the election to the Chair at least two weeks prior to the Regular Meeting and shall publish the results in a manner designated for official announcements. The Secretary-Treasurer shall also communicate the election results to the Society Corporate Secretary as soon as the candidates have been notified.

  1. Official Year.The official year shall be the calendar year.
  2. Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, and Chair.The member elected as Vice-Chair shall serve in that office for one year, then for one year as Chair-Elect, and then for one year as Chair. The Chair shall not be eligible for the office of Vice-Chair in the year following his or her term of office.


  1. Editor of the Newsletter. The Editor of the news letter shall be elected by the Executive Committee at an Executive committee meeting when an opening for the position exists. The Editor will be an ex-officio, non-voting, member of the Executive Committee if the Editor does not hold any other office within the Executive Committee.
  2. Terms of Office.The terms of office of the Officers and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee shall coincide with the calendar year, beginning January 1 and ending December 31. The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve for a term of three years and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The term of the Division Councilor shall be four years, beginning January 1 of the year following the election. The Division Councilor may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The tenure of a Member-at-Large shall be three years.
  3. Vacancies in Offices.If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair, the Chair-Elect shall succeed and complete the term and shall serve as Chair also in the following year. The Vice-Chair shall serve simultaneously as Chair-Elect during the remainder of the term and shall continue to serve as Chair-Elect in the following term.

If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair-Elect otherwise than through advancement to Chair, the Vice-Chair shall become Chair-Elect. In this case, and also if the office of Vice-Chair becomes vacant for other reasons, the office of Vice-Chair shall remain vacant for the remainder of the term. In the next scheduled election, candidates for both Chair-Elect and Vice-Chair shall be nominated.

If vacancies occur in the offices of both the Chair and the Chair-Elect, the Vice-Chair shall become Chair and shall complete the term. In this case a special election shall be held to fill the offices of Chair-Elect and Vice-Chair. The members so elected shall continue to serve as officers in the normal succession order.

Vacancies in any other elected office shall be filled (or left unfilled) by the Executive Committee until such time as the vacancy can be filled by regular election procedures.



  1. Nominating Committee.The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the immediate past Chair and shall include three members appointed by the Chair and one member appointed by the Society CEO for one-year terms. The Chair shall ascertain through the Corporate Secretary the identity of this member. If the immediate past Chair is unable to serve, the Chair may nominate a member of the Executive Committee as a replacement. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate of candidates according to Article VII.3 of these Bylaws.
  2. Program Committee.The Program Committee shall include three members appointed by the Chair to one-year terms. The Chair-Elect shall serve as Chair of the Program Committee. The Program Committee shall be responsible, in cooperation with the Executive Committee, for arranging sessions of Society meetings sponsored by the Group, and from time to time shall organize special meetings and workshops. It shall also have the responsibility of assisting the Society Director of Meetings in arranging meetings of the Society.
  3. Fellowship Committee.The Fellowship Committee shall be chaired by the Vice-Chair or his/her replacement as selected by the Chair, if the Vice-Chair is vacant, and shall include three members appointed by the Chair, to one-year terms. The Fellowship Committee shall solicit nominations and propose candidates for APS Fellowship, shall review the qualifications of such candidates, and shall submit its recommendations to the Society’s Director of Honors Programs.


  1. Publications Committee: The Publications Committee shall consist of the Secretary-Treasurer, the Editor of the newsletter, and up to three additional members of the Division, if deemed necessary by the Executive Committee. The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve as Chair of the Publications Committee and, with the concurrence of the Chair, shall appoint any additional committee members to one year terms, renewable for two additional years. The Publications Committee shall assist the Editor with electronic/web dissemination of the newsletter, shall interact with the editors of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters on matters of interest to the Division, and shall serve as the Division interface with the editors and publications for the popular press.
  2. Terms of Office of Appointed Committee Members.The terms of committee members appointed or recommended by an incoming Chair shall commence at the beginning of the year in which he or she assumes office.
  3. Ad Hoc Committees.The Chair shall appoint other ad hoc committees as necessary, which shall serve only during his or her term as Chair.


  1. Annual Business Session.Each year the Division shall hold a Business Session during one of the regular meetings of the Society.
  2. Other Meetings.Special scientific meetings of the Division may be initiated by the Executive Committee and arranged by the Program Committee, subject to the rules and regulations specified in the Society Constitution and Bylaws, and associated Policies & Procedures. The rules of the Society shall apply to scientific sessions of invited or contributed papers held in conjunction with a meeting of the Society. The Program Committee shall have the responsibility for all arrangements concerning such sessions.


Dues for maintenance of membership in the Division shall be established by Council.


The newsletter of the Division shall be managed and edited by the Editor, who shall oversee its preparation. Targets for the frequency and timing of new articles appearing in these issues shall be determined by the Editor, subject to approval of the Executive Committee. The Editor will be responsible for communicating to the Chair and Secretary-Treasurer new content of the newsletter and for communicating to the Secretary-Treasurer when announcements associated to this content should be made.


Official announcements shall be made in the APS News (at the discretion of the APS News Editor), electronically on the Division website, via APS email, in the newsletter/web site and in special mailings to the membership, or in such other publications as the Executive Committee may direct.


Proposal of an Amendment to these Bylaws may be made by the Council, by the Society Governance Committee by the Executive Committee, or by a petition to the Chair signed by not fewer than ten percent of the members of the Division. However an amendment or revision is initiated, it must be reviewed by the Society Governance Committee and approved by Council before further action can be taken. Following Council approval, the Secretary-Treasurer shall distribute copies of the proposed Amendment to all members of the Division not less than three weeks before the Regular Meeting and opportunity shall be given for discussion during the Business Session. If a special election is not held for membership ratification of the bylaws amendments, the Secretary-Treasurer shall again distribute copies of the proposed Amendment in conjunction with the next regularly scheduled election, accompanied by ballot forms. Adoption of the Amendment shall require a two-thirds affirmative vote by those voting.

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