Created in 2009.


  • To advance linguistics education and training at U.S. colleges and universities.
  • To promote the development and sustenance of linguistics programs and departments.
  • To facilitate communications among and between the LSA and linguistics programs and departments on issues of mutual interest and concern.
  • To consult as needed on the collection of data on faculty, students, graduates, and other pertinent information.
  • To serve as a resource for those concerned about the diminution of linguistics programs and departments and about the incorporation of linguistic content into broader, interdisciplinary enterprises.
  • To assist programs and departments with recruiting and retaining talented students, undergraduate majors and degree candidates.
  • To highlight and address the unique needs of undergraduate programs and students.


The responsibilities of the Committee include but are not limited to:

  • Partnering with NSF and American Academy of Arts & Sciences on data collection projects.
  • Convening an annual roundtable of dept/program heads at LSA Annual Meeting.
  • Developing a resource guide for those seeking to start new programs or upgrade their programs to departments.
  • Examining linguistics training in the U.S. Partnering with the new PR committee to develop/fine tune student "recruitment" materials.
  • Proactive outreach to departments: LSA as a resource, place to contact for help.

Membership (open)

Ideally, the committee should include:

  • At least one member of the Executive Committee
  • At least one current department head (PhD granting)
  • At least one undergraduate program/dept head (non-PhD)
  • At least two students (1 undergrad; 1 grad)
  • Former program/dept heads
  • Others as interested

Committee Members

  • Michael Rushforth, University of Texas, San Antonio (Senior Chair, 2022)
  • Kristen Denham, Western Washington University (Junior Chair, 2022/23)
  • Lynn Santelmann, Portland State University (Former Chair, 2021


Executive Committee Liaison: Laurence Horn

Staff Liaison: Katha Kissman


Committee Projects/Presentations:

January 2021 Virtual Conference (San Francisco, CA): Mini-Course Teaching Hybrid and Fully Online, LSA Annual Meeting (Karen Adams, David Bowie, Lynn Burley, Gaillynn Clements,Miranda McCarvel, and Lynn Santelmann) 

Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3:

January 2019 New York City, NY: Linguistic Discrimination in US Higher Education panel, LSA Annual Meeting (Christina Higgins, Okim Kang, Melinda Reichelt, and Walt Wolfram; Moderator: Gaillynn Clements)

4 January 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah: Mini-Course Innovative Pedagogy in Linguistics Classrooms, LSA Annual Meeting

  • Slides:

4 January 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah: Graduate Teacher Training Panel, LSA Annual Meeting (Moderator: Raichele Farrelly, St. Michael's College)

5 January 2017, Austin, Texas: Mini-Course Innovative Pedagogy in Linguistics Classrooms, LSA Annual Meeting

9 January 2016, Washington, D.C.: Teaching Linguistics Symposium, Linguistic Foundations for Second Language Teaching and Learning, LSA Annual meeting

5 January 2013, Boston: Teaching Linguistics Organized Session, LSA Annual Meeting

5 January 2013, Boston: Teaching Linguistics Poster Session, LSA Annual Meeting 

Jan 2011 Roundtable, LSA Annual Meeting

2010 Roundtable, Dept. Chairs, LSA Annual Meeting

2007 Surveys