Minutes of the 26th Meeting of The Board of Directors
Thursday, June 6, and Saturday, June 8, 1996
The Doubletree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
MINUTES OF THE JUNE 6 BOARD MEETING
- WELCOME TO NEW BOARD MEMBERS
- Michael Chandler welcomed our new board members, who will assume
office in October, and made note of our good fortune and the good
work of the Nominations Committee in bringing in Thomas R. Bidell,
Dante Cicchetti, Patricia Greenfield, Geoffrey B. Saxe, and Jacques
- Ditto for our new and continuing Ex-Officio members of the Board
who will serve on our various Standing Committees: Eric Amsel (Membership)
Harry Beilin (Publications) David Bearison (Nominations) Trevor
Bond (Outreach) Theo Dawson (Publications) Rheta DeVries (Outreach)
Wolfgang Edelstein (Nominations) Susan Gelman (Symposium) Chris
Lalonde (Publications) Jonas Langer (Nominations) John Meacham (Membership)
Connie Milbrath (Symposium) Robert Selman (Outreach)
- Ulrich Meuller, whose generous contributions to our Local Arrangements
Committee helped to ensure a successful and well-run Symposium,
was welcomed as our new Student Member.
- Finally, we are fortunate to have Judy Newman's continuing service
to the Society, now as Co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee.
- OLD BUSINESS
- The Minutes of the October 7, 1995 meetings were approved
- NEW BUSINESS
- Resignations: Due to new and changing obligations, Lynn Liben
and Peter Pufall are resigning their positions with the Society.
- Absent Colleagues: We miss the presence of Harry Beilin and Hugh
Rosen, and look forward to having them in attendance at the Fall
- Decisions Taken Electronically: Michael Chandler noted that our
Bylaws permit decisions to be made by mail with a two- thirds majority.
We were reminded that as we move into the electronic age and rely
increasingly on e-mail to accomplish Society business, it is important
that each of us be attentive and responsive to communications transmitted
electronically, especially those that involve the making of concrete
- Decisions Taken on Suspect Authority:
- ACT: There was an agreement with Paul Ammon to split the travel
costs of their invited speaker.
- Book Sale: LEA is handling our book sale this year. We may
wish to consider how to handle future sales.
- Waivers of Registration Fees: As a small gesture of our regard
and appreciation for their efforts on behalf of the Society,
registration fees have been waived for students serving on the
Board. At this time, the list includes Dawson, Mueller, and
- Various Gift Horses
- During this time of growth and reorganization, we are particularly
appreciative of those retiring Officers and Board Members, including
David Bearison, Harry Beilin, Susan Gelman, Pete Pufall, and
Bob Selman, who help to provide continuity by generously agreeing
to lend their continuing support and service.
- Theo Dawson was thanked for her very helpful work as our new
- In the wake of Gerald Weinstein's resignation, Chris Lalonde
has agreed to assume responsibility for managing the Piaget
- Sundry Initiatives
- By-laws revision: Chandler distributed a final draft of our
By-laws, last amended in October, 1989. The version distributed
reflects Board decisions and changing Society needs which have
accrued during the past eight years and which seriously outdate
the 1989 document. We are called upon to review the draft, and
call to attention any errors or oversights.
- Policy and Procedures Manual: Chandler distributed a draft
of what is to become our Policies and Procedures Manual. We
are asked to examine the draft, to bring to attention errors
or omissions, and to bring forward any other documentation which
might pertain to the construction of the manual.
- Directory of the Board: Chandler distributed our current Directory.
We are asked to check for errors.
- Membership Directory: Efforts are ongoing to locate a Membership
Directory on the Web site.
- Membership Applications and Renewals: These are currently
available on the Web site.
- VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT (Pete Pufall)
Pete Pufall reported that Ann Gregory was especially helpful
in the preparation and publication of the Program. Terry Brown
commended efforts to develop a higher level of professionalism
with respect to the Society's publications (e.g., advance printing
and promotion). Theo Dawson's expertise in publishing was very
much in evidence in the appearance of the Program, the printing
of which was delayed because of the hotel's confusion in scheduling
- PROGRAM ORGANIZER'S REPORT (Elin Scholnick)
Elin Scholnick reported that the Symposium was proceeding well,
thus far. In an effort to encourage more interaction among presenters
and participants, a block of time at the end of each day has been
held for sharing wine, cheese, and ideas. A President's party
has been organized.
- STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
- Finance Committee Report (William Gray/David Moshman)
David Moshman reported on our membership totals to date.
There was a good number of pre-registrations (about 160) for
- Membership Committee (Marvin Berkowitz)
Marvin Berkowitz reported that the Committee took up the
task of reducing some of the excessive work load that has
historically, although inappropriately, fallen to the Treasurer.
Recruitment and retention remain the principal tasks of the
Committee, and efforts are ongoing to increase both the size
and the disciplinary scope of the Membership. The reconstruction
of our Members Brochure is underway.
- Outreach Committee (Gil Noam/Bob Selman)
Bob Selman reported on efforts to expand outreach activities
in the three areas of clinical application, education, and
international relations. Coordinators for each area have been
identified and include Hugh Rosen, Rheta DeVries, and Trevor
Bond, respectively. Some of the avenues towards Outreach goals
include: "talent scouting"; including in the annual Symposium
program at least one invited symposium on theory and practice;
establishing connections with other societies with related
interests; raising funds for colleagues from resource-poor
areas of the world to enable them to attend the Symposium;
considering and nominating prospective Board members in the
light of Outreach goals; putting into place a proactive form
of student recruitment.
- Publications (Elin Scholnick)
Elin Scholnick reported that royalties this year will be
high, due in part to the concurrent publication of two volumes.
The function of the GE was described, and there was a motion
to approve the following GE Mission Statement: The GE is designed
to be the "house organ" of the Society. It is the way the
board communicates to the membership upcoming events and ongoing
policy issues and decisions confronting the board. The GE
may also be used to communicate information about related
scientific societies, and the activities of JPS members. Where
appropriate the Editor may elicit articles and book reviews.
Ordinarily the GE is published quarterly with one issue devoted
to the Symposium program.
The motion carried by unanimous vote, and evidence to that
effect will be logged into the new Policies and Procedure
Larry Nucci noted that the GE is available electronically
on the Web site, and asked about phasing out the paper version.
David Bearison suggested the possibility of publishing it
on a less than quarterly basis. Ed Reed suggested that access
to the GE be made contingent on paying one's dues. The Committee
promised to deal more extensively with how to most effectively
move forward our electronic communications.
Chris Lalonde reported that the Web site has been fairly
heavily trafficked and now contains an on-line application
form and membership directory. Ways of increasing the volume
of the Web site in order to better serve the membership and
arouse the interest of potential members include providing
more information on the Symposium Series (e.g., reviews, sample
chapters), and providing reading lists whose contents describe
and reference Piaget's work (this in response to Web site
- Symposium (deferred until Saturday)
- Nominations (David Bearison/Terry Brown)
- Approval of a new Vice President: The following motion
was proposed and subsequently and unanimously approved:
It is moved that the Board of Directors approve the appointment
of James Byrnes as the new Vice President of the Jean Piaget
- Approval of the composition of the Standing Committees:
The following motion was proposed and unanimously approved:
It is moved that those 5 individuals joining the Board of
Directors in October be invited to serve as members of the
Society's various Standing Committees as follows:
Nominations Committee: Geoffrey Saxe
Publications Committee: Dante Cichetti
Symposium Committee: Patricia Greenfield and Geoffrey Saxe
Finance Committee: Tom Bidell
Membership Committee: Jacques Voneche
Outreach Committee: Jacques Voneche and Dante Cichetti
- A proposal for the Presidency: For the sake of the structure
of the Society, all officers serve three years, with the
exception of the President, who serves two. Brown and Bearison
argued that this discrepancy undermines continuity. Amsel
noted that additional stability at the Executive level is
a necessary counterweight to the increasing diversification
at the level of the Board (i.e., introduction of multiple
standing committees). The following motion was put forward
(Bearison/Gelman), and approved unanimously:
It is proposed that page 8, paragraph 2 of the Society's
Bylaws be amended to include this addition: "By two-thirds
vote of the Board, the term of office of any officer of
the Society can be extended for one year only".
Bearison put forward the following motion, which was
also approved unanimously:
We extend the office of Michael Chandler as President
of the Society for one year.
Chandler accepted the invitation to extend his term
of office for one year, and requested that Terry Brown's
term as Past President be similarly extended to fill the
hiatus. The Board approved, and Brown accepted. There
was some discussion regarding the provision for a Presidential
Address. Selman put foward the following motion which
was subsequently approved:
For the purpose of providing more tangible recognition
of the leadership efforts of the Society President, he
or she will be invited to give a Presidential Address
at an Annual Symposium which may be published in the Symposium
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- PROPOSALS FOR 1997, 1998, AND BEYOND
- Symposium Committee Report (Elliot Turiel)
Elliot Turiel provided a description of the role of committee
with regard to developing programs and themes, and encouraging
membership involvement in the process. Committee activities
to date include developing with Connie Milbrath a manual of
procedures for future Local Arrangements committees. A draft
of the manual will be circulated soon, along with a request
for feedback and input.
- 1997 - A Proposal (Larry Nucci, Geoffrey Saxe, Elliot Turiel)
Larry Nucci distributed a proposal for the 1997 symposium,
"Culture, Development, and Cognition". The aim is to fashion
an interdisciplinary forum from which to draw out contemporary
controversies regarding the "nature and processes of individual-
environment interactions which bear on how to construe cultures
and their influences on development". There was some discussion
over how to structure the Symposium. The topic was endorsed
enthusiastically, and the Committee urged to proceed. Byrnes
encouraged some haste for the purpose of sending out the Flyer.
- 1998 - A Proposal (David Bearison/Robert Selman)
David Bearison and Robert Selman circulated a position paper
on the theme of "how practice challenges theory", with which
they mean to stimulate comments and suggestions for the 1998
Symposium. The overarching aim, heartily approved, is to explore
how the boundary of a theoretical discourse can lose its integrity
and be reformed in the context of application and practice.
The paper identified a number of practice domains from which
to regard the relevance of cognitive developmental science,
including cognition in the workplace, pediatric psychology,
education, clinical interventions, parenting, developmental
disabilities, and ethics. We were strongly encouraged to use
the listserver to further the discussion and to develop lists
of potential speakers, topics, and so forth.
- OTHER BUSINESS
- ACT requests a keynote speaker: Rheta DeVries has volunteered
to give a keynote address for the ACT conference, which convenes
this November in St. Louis.
- The fall Board Meetings: The Board will meet October 12, in
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