Social Studies Teachers Association

NSTU Professional Associations

Model Constitution















Distribution of Powers



Professional Association Executive



Professional Association Committees



Professional Association Meetings



Elections/Voting Privileges






Rules of Order






NSTU Annual Council









Article I


The Professional Association shall be called theSocial Studies Teachers Association of theNova Scotia Teachers Union.

Article II


The mandate of the Social Studies Teachers Association shall be:

[1]        To improve professional practice by increasing member knowledge and


[2]        To designate ideas, trends and new developments.

[3]        To provide information to the NSTU Professional Associations Coordination Committee and the NSTU Curriculum Committee.

[4]        To advise the Provincial Executive on matters affecting NSTU Professional Associations.

Article III


[1]        Regular Membership

            Regular Membership in the Social Studies Teachers Association is restricted to active and active reserve members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.

An active reserve member is not eligible to hold elected office; however, an active reserve member is eligible to vote and serve on committees.

[2]        Student Intern Membership in the Social Studies Teachers Association isavailable tofull-time university students enrolled in education programs.  A student intern member is not eligible to vote or hold elected office; however, a student intern member is eligible to serve on committees.

 [3]       Subscriber Member

            Subscriber Membership is available to an institution or a person who is not a regular or student intern member.  A subscriber member is not eligible to vote, hold elected office or serve on committees.

Article IV

Distribution of Powers

[1]        The general membership shall retain all powers of the Social Studies Teachers Association except those delegated in the Constitution to the Professional Association Executive.

[2]        Any member of the Social Studies Teachers Association shall have the right to address all meetings of the Professional Association.

[3]        A regular member shall have the right to vote on all motions at general meetings of the Professional Association.

Article V


[1]        The Professional Association Executive shall include but not be limited to the following members:

                        • President

                        • Immediate Past President

                        • Vice President

                        • Secretary

                        • Treasurer

                  • Awards Chairperson

                        • Members-at-Large (3)

[2]        The Professional Association Executive shall meet a minimum of three (3) times per year at a location determined by the President.

[3]        A quorum of the Professional Association Executive shall be fifty percent plus one (50%+1) of Professional Association Executive members.

Article VI

Professional Association Committees

 [1]       The Professional Association Executive shall establish the following committees.

·        Communications

·        Conference

·        Finance

·        Nominating

[2]        The Professional Association Executive shall appoint members to each committee on an annual basis.

[3]        The Professional Association Executive may appoint ad hoc committees as circumstances dictate.

[4]        The Professional Association Executive shall appoint members to other committees as required.

[5]        TheProfessional Association President shall chair the Communications Committee.

[6]        The Professional Association Treasurer shall chair the Finance Committee.

[7]        The Professional Association Vice-President or designate shall chair the Conference Committee.

[8]        The Professional Association Immediate Past President or designate shall chair the Nominating Committee.

Article VII

Professional Association Meetings

[1]        Professional Association Annual Meeting

(a)        There shall be an Annual Meeting of theSocial Studies Teachers Association



                                                i/   receipt of annual reports;
                                                ii/  presentation of a financial statement;

iii/ presentation of a proposed budget for the  

     upcoming year;

                                                iv/ election of officers for the upcoming year.

                                                v/ consideration of NSTU Annual Council resolutions.

                        (b)        The quorum for a general meeting shall be 5% of the regular membership excluding the members of the Professional Association Executive.

[2]        Professional Association Executive Meetings

(a)        Professional Association Executive meetings shall take place a minimum of three (3) times per year during the periods:




(b)        The quorum for a Professional Association Executive Meeting shall be fifty percent plus one of the Professional Association Executive.

[3]        Professional Association Special Meetings

 (a)       In the event of an emergency or other need, a special meeting shall be called by the Professional Association Executive.

(b)        A special general meeting shall be called by the Executive upon the written request of five percent (5%) of the regular membership.  Five (5) working days notice of such a meeting shall be given to the general membership.

 (c)       A special meeting shall consider only the business specified in the notice calling such a meeting.


Elections/Voting Privileges

[1]        Only regular members of the Social Studies Teachers Association have the right to vote.                            

[2]        Only active NSTU members of the Social Studies Teachers Association have the right to hold office.

[3]        Only regular members and student intern members of theSocial Studies Teachers Association have a right to serve on committees.

[4]        The Professional Association Executive shall be elected by secret ballot.

[5]        The term of office for Professional Association Executive members shall be two (2) years from Annual General Meeting to Annual General Meeting.

[6]        Excluding candidates for the office of Professional Association President, a member of the Social Studies Teachers Association is eligible to hold office as a

            member of the Executive for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

[7]        Should any Professional Association Executive position except Professional Association Immediate Past President remain vacant following elections at the Annual General Meeting, the Nominating Committee shall conduct a by-election using a mail-in vote procedure.

[8]        In the event that the Professional Association President cannot complete a term of office, the Professional Association Vice President shall assume the duties of the Professional Association President in the interim.  The Nominating Committee shall seek nominations for the position and conduct an election using the mail-in vote procedure.  The term of office for this position shall be until the completion of the vacated term of office.

[9]        In the event that a Professional Association Executive member other than the Professional Association President cannot complete a term of office, the position shall be filled through a by-election administered by the Nominating Committee.  The term of office for this position shall be until the completion of the vacated term of office.

Article IX


[1]        The fiscal year shall be from August 1st to July 31st.

[2]        Membership fees shall be determined by the Provincial Executive of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.

[3]        The signing officers shall be the Professional Association Treasurer, Professional Association President and one other member of the Professional Association Executive.

[4]        The Professional Association Executive shall make expenditures up to $2,000, without prior approval of the regular membership.

[5]        Members shall be reimbursed expenses at the provincial NSTU rate.

[6]        The financial records of the Nova Scotia Teachers Association shall be

              subjected to an annual review in accordance with guidelines provided by the 

           Finance and Property Committee of the NSTU.

[7]        All operational expenses (including substitute teacher costs) incurred by the

            Nova Scotia Teachers Association are the sole responsibility of the Nova Scotia 

           Teachers Associationand are not the responsibility of the Nova Scotia Teachers  



Article X

Rules of Order

Rules of Order shall be the same as those procedures adopted by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.

Article XI


[1]        Individuals in an elected or appointed leadership role, NSTU employees and others acting on the Professional Association’s behalf have the obligation to avoid conflicts of interest; the perception of conflict of interest; and, ensure that their activities and interests do not conflict with their responsibilities to the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.

[2]        Professional Association Executive members are expected to attend as well as actively participate in all meetings of the Social Studies Teachers Association.

[3]        Professional Association Executive members are responsible to fairly represent Executive decisions when speaking on issues addressed by the Professional Association Executive.

Article XII

NSTU Annual Council

[1]        The Professional Association shall have the right to appoint a member or members to attend the Annual Council as a Provincial Observer(s).  Provincial Observers have the right to address the Council and speak on any motion with the permission of the chairperson but are ineligible to vote.

Article XIII


[1]        Any representation that the Social Studies Teachers Association wishes to make to any organization, person, Government Department, Department of Education, school board and any other agency external to the NSTU shall be conducted through the office of the NSTU President by way of the staff liaison officer responsible for NSTU Professional Associations.

Article XIV


[1]        This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of votes cast by the members present at a General Meeting or Special Meeting convened for that purpose.

[2]        Notice of proposed amendment(s) shall be given to members ten (10) working days prior to the meeting.

[3]        Amendments to this Constitution shall be ratified by the NSTU Provincial Executive at a scheduled meeting following approval by the Professional Association’s general membership.