Networking and professional development
The LSA has many tools and resources to facilitate dialogue and collaboration among linguists.
LSA members may propose thematic organized sessions or submit abstracts for poster or paper presentations at the Annual Meeting, join one of the LSA's open committees, contribute to one of our ongoing blogs and social media outlets, and more. Many of the organized sessions focus on professional development topics such as ethics, research methods, and publishing issues. Annual Meeting attendees can network with over a thousand of their colleagues from around the world and throughout the field and attend organized sessions with a professional development focus; a "survival skills panel" and dedicated lounge are geared to the one-third of meeting attendees who are students.
The biennial Linguistic Institute is also a great forum for both professional development and networking among hundreds of linguists from around the world.
The LSA member directory and the directory of linguistics departments and programs (U.S.), are also helpful tools for professional networking.
Also, the LSA offers a Linguistic Academic Depository to share teaching materials with other members.