Role and Appointment Process

To assure a robust conduit of information between the LSA and the organizers of LSA summer institutes, the Executive Committee of the Society will appoint an LSA Institute Advisor (LSAIA). The role of the LSAIA is to facilitate coordination between the LSA (via the Executive Committee) and the host institution (via the Institute director or directors) and to ensure alignment between the LSA’s values and the structure and content of the Institute.

Term of Service

The term of service for the LSAIA extends from the selection of the host institution to the end of the Institute, although the Advisor’s input will be most important during the planning stages of the Institute. The individual designated by the Executive Committee to serve as LSAIA will be an active member of the EC. This may result in there being two individuals serving in the role of LSAIA during a given Institute cycle.

Responsibilities of the LSA Institute Advisor

The LSAIA will serve primarily in an advisory role, and will consult with the Institute director(s) on:

  1. Invited and proposed courses.
  2. Faculty appointments (including the named professors and forum lecturers).
  3. The co-director and external director(s) (if not already named at the time of proposal submission).
  4. The timing of the Institute and the duration of its courses.
  5. Institute tuition rates.

While issues arise during the months after the end of a given Institute that include some LSA involvement with regard to the expenses related to the LSA-sponsored professorships and with grading and awarding certificates of participation, these logistical details do not require advisory input from the LSAIA.

Relation to CLIF and Secretariat

The LSAIA will serve as the EC liaison to CLIF, the Committee on Linguistic Institutes and Fellowships. In addition, the LSAIA will consult with the Secretariat as necessary on issues relating to budget, marketing, and website design in connection with the Institute.  The LSAIA will also report to the Executive Committee at the May and January meetings and by e-mail as necessary.