LSA Committee Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for service on the LSA's Open and Appointed committees. This is an excellent opportunity for you to expand your professional networks, enhance your administrative portfolio, and make a difference in areas about which you care deeply. There are committees focused on:

  • the LSA and its activities (Membership Services and Information Technology, Program Committee);

  • the field of linguistics as a whole (Status of Women in Linguistics, Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics);

  • the wider public (Public Policy, Language in the School Curriculum).

A list of the LSA's committees is available online. Note that LSA committees are of different types with regard to how they are populated: open and appointed.

Open Committees

Open committees are, as the name suggests, open to service by any current LSA member. A potential member need only advise the committee's chair or the LSA's Director of Membership and Meetings of her/his interest in order to serve on the Committee. The LSA's open committees are:

  • Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP)
  • Ethics Committee
  • Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL)
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Language in the School Curriculum Committee (LiSC)
  • Linguistics in Higher Education Committee (LiHeC)
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Committee on Public Policy (CoPP)
  • Committee on Social and Political Policies
  • Committee on Student Issues and Concerns (COSIAC)
  • Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL)

Appointed Committees

Some committees are appointed partly or entirely by the President of the LSA, based on the recommendations of the Committee's chair, other relevant LSA leaders, and self- or other-nominations from the LSA membership. The LSA's appointed committees are:

  • Advisory to Programs Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Bloomfield Book Award Committee
  • Honorary Members Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Program Committee

To nominate yourself or another LSA member for service on an appointed committee, please e-mail David Robinson, the LSA's Director of Membership and Meetings, at drobinson@lsadc.org by April 7, 2016 with the words "LSA Committee Nomination" in the subject line and the following information:

  • the nominee's name, affiliation, and e-mail address;

  • the committee(s) for which the individual is being nominated;

  • a brief statement explaining why the nominee would be a suitable member of the committee(s) in question.

If the nomination is for someone other than yourself, please ascertain the individual's membership status and willingness to serve before submitting the nomination. Students and members of groups underrepresented in the LSA (relative to their demographic presence in the U.S. as a whole) are especially encouraged to apply.

Nominations for appointed committees will be forwarded to committee chairs, who will recommend new committee members to the LSA's Committee on Committee and Delegate appointments. Appointees will be notified in May, after the LSA's Executive Committee meeting, and will officially take office in January, at the conclusion of the next Annual Meeting.