Interested in getting linguistics in the news? Building diversity within the linguistic community? Speaking up for students of linguistics?

The Linguistic Society of America has over 20 committees which take action on these and other issues--we invite all LSA members to consider joining. Most committees are open to all LSA members; no formal training or experience is required, just an interest in participating. These "open committees" are:

  • the Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP);
  • the Ethics Committee;
  • the Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL);
  • the Language in the School Curriculum Committee (LiSC);
  • the Linguistics in Higher Education Committee (LiHeC);
  • the Committee on Scholarly Communication in Linguistics (CoSCiL);
  • the Public Relations Committee;
  • the Committee on Public Policy (CoPP);
  • the Committee on Student Issues and Concerns (COSIAC);and
  • the Committee on Gender Equity in Linguistics (COGEL; formerly the Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics, COSWL).

Learn more about each individual committee on the LSA Committees page.

Eight LSA committees are "appointed committees"; membership on these committees is determined by the LSA President with assistance from LSA leaders and nominations received from the LSA membership. Nominations for an appointed committee (including self-nominations) are due annually in the spring. They must include:

  • 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.

The appointed committees are:

  • the Advisory to Programs Committee;
  • the Audit Committee;
  • the Awards Committee;
  • the Bloomfield Book Award Committee;
  • the Committee on Publications;
  • the Committee on Honorary Members;
  • the Nominating Committee; and
  • the Program Committee.

To sign up for an open LSA committee or submit a nomination for an appointed LSA committee, please email [email protected]. You may sign up for an open committee at any point in the year. Students and members of groups underrepresented in the LSA are particularly encouraged to apply.