The goal of the CEDL Curriculum Vitae Database Project is to assist search committees with identifying a diverse pool of linguists as prospective candidates for job openings at their home institutions or employers. In order for the project to succeed, we need the help of all LSA members in completing certain components of their member profiles in our online database. Completing a member profile only takes a few moments, and has the added benefit of helping the LSA gain an accurate picture of how well we are doing in our continuing efforts to recruit and retain a diverse group of linguists as members. And finally, LSA members with a complete profile are eligible for annual prize drawings that include awards for free meeting registration; free one-year memberships; and gift cards for online retail outlets.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for LSA Members Who Wish to be Listed in the Database

Instructions for Search Committees and Employers Who Wish to Search the Database

Step-by-Step Instructions for LSA Members Who Wish to be Listed in the Database


1. Log in to the LSA website

2. Click on the “Profile” tab below your name to review the information you’ve already provided. You should also see a profile completion progress bar that will give you a better idea of how much additional information is needed (see screen shot below).

3. Click on the “Edit” tab below your name to update the information you’ve already provided and add new items as appropriate.

4. Under “Personal Information” be sure to include the URL for your homepage (see screen shot below). This will save you the trouble of updating your CV on the LSA website every time you make a change.

5. Under “Personal Information” also be sure to provide information about your Ethnicity and Gender (see screen shot below).

6. Under “Professional Activities ” be sure to upload your CV (see screen shot below).

7. Under “Account Settings” indicate your preference for whether your information is to be shared with fellow LSA members or restricted just to LSA website administrators (see screen shot below). Note, this preference can be changed at any time.

8. Click Save and review your profile completion bar to make sure you’ve answered everything.

How will my information be used by the LSA?

The LSA uses member profile data, in the aggregate, to generate reports on the demographic profile of the LSA membership as a whole, and to assess progress in achieving our goals for a broadly inclusive and diverse community of linguists. For those who have signed-up to serve as mentors, custom queries may be performed by those seeking mentorship from diverse perspectives based on demographics and professional specializations.  For those who have uploaded a CV, provided a homepage URL, or self-identified as a member of a specific racial/ethnic group, the data may be used by LSA admins to generate a custom report for search committees of prospective candidates from traditionally under-represented groups. For example, a search committee might request a list of names for all LSA members specializing in a sub-field of linguistics who are people of color.

Instructions for Search Committees and Employers Who Wish to Search the Database

In 2020, the LSA launched an initiative to faciilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion in linguistics hiring practices. Spearheaded by the LSA’s Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL), the Curriculum Vitae Database Project assists search committees with identifying a diverse pool of linguists as prospective candidates for job openings at their home institutions.

Two options are available for searching the membership directory  The basic option is available as a complimentary benefit of LSA membership, while the premium option expands the efficiency and scope of the outreach for a nominal fee and is available to those who are not LSA members.   Please read below for more information.

The Basic Option:  LSA Membership Directory Search

This option is available to any individual with a current LSA membership.  

  1. Log in to the LSA website.  Contact the LSA at  [email protected] or call 202-835-1714 if you need assistance logging in.
  2. Click on the “Edit” tab below your name.
  3. Review the guidelines for using the LSA membership directory.
  4. Access the Membership Directory.
  5. Search for the demographic or other information you are looking for using the appropriate dropdown menu.  Select one or more items by holding down the CTRL key (PC) or Command key (Mac) and selecting all the item(s) you wish to include.  
  6. Click the red “Search” button.  Member records will be returned below the membership directory search panel.  You can click on individual member names to view more about the member.
  7. Please note: Only the records of those who have chosen to make their information visible to other members will be returned as part of your search results. To learn more about promoting your search to LSA members who wish to keep their records confidential, please explore the “premium” option outlined below.





The Premium Option:  Staff-Assisted Search

This option is available, for a nominal fee of $120, to search committees and other hiring entities.  It has the following advantages:

  • SPEED:  Staff-assisted searches of the directory can be performed rapidly and efficiently.
  • FLEXIBILITY: Staff-assisted searches can target multiple demographic and other information (for example, Ph.D. students who have identified as African American and have an expected degree completion year of 2022). Note that not all demographic characteristics are searchable by individual members.
  • REACH:  The LSA will never share the demographic or other information of members who have requested that it not be shared, but a staff-assisted search can reach out to them on your behalf, in addition to providing information on members who have opted in to sharing their information.
  • INCREASED VISIBILITY:  The $120 fee for this type of search includes a complimentary listing in the LSA’s Jobs Center, which itself includes a complimentary mention on the LSA’s Facebook page (45,000 followers) and Twitter feed (25,000 followers).

To inquire about a Staff-assisted search of the LSA member directory, please contact [email protected].


If you have any questions or concerns about your participation (prospective or active) in this project, or need technical assistance, or wish to report a problem, please contact our membership department. All inquiries will be handled in confidence.