The Nominating Committee of the LSA is soliciting nominations for the Vice President/President-Elect and members at-large of the Executive Committee (EC), including self-nominations. We ask nominators to provide a brief statement (ca. 150-200 words) that explains why the nominee is an appropriate candidate. Relevant factors include contributions to the discipline, past administrative experience, evidence of commitment to the LSA based on past service to the Society, leadership skills, and a record of effective and active committee service, among others. Members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to self-nominate. 

Members of the Executive Committee serve a term of three years. The Committee meets at least twice a year: once in May, and once in January immediately prior to the annual LSA meeting. Virtual meetings may be held at various times in-between as business warrants. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory.  EC members receive some reimbursement for travel and accommodations.

The Executive Committee serves as the governing Board of the LSA. As such, it provides oversight and governance for the LSA's operations as a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. A major responsibility of the EC is to ensure effective implementation of the LSA's Strategic Plan.

Issues that the Executive Committee is expected to face in the coming years include:

  • Ensuring that the LSA remains relevant to the widest possible range of linguists by offering a diverse array of programs, services and activities that meet their needs as scholars and professionals at all stages of their career;
  • Advocating for the value of linguistics scholarship to elected officials and policy makers, within the broader context of the liberal arts and sciences in the U.S. and internationally, particularly in light of the impact of the pandemic on funding and resources in the higher education sector;
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of the LSA in meeting the needs of the membership, increasing member participation in the Society, and attracting new members, particularly student members, international members, and minority members;
  • Addressing issues of professional conduct, bias, power dynamics, and harassment within the LSA and its associated events and publications;
  • Harnessing technologies in new ways to serve the linguistics community;
  • Identifying strategies for increasing revenue and decreasing expenses;
  • Increasing the visibility of linguistics to our academic colleagues outside the discipline, to the news media, and to the general public.

Prospective nominators and nominees should also consult the more detailed description of the responsibilities of the Vice President/President Elect and of the Executive Committee.

Please send your nominations and supporting statement to Harold Torrence (htorrenceAThumnetDOTuclaDOTedu)
no later than April 11, 2021. We particularly welcome nominations of individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented in LSA governance.   

After receiving your nominations, the Nominating Committee will determine a ballot consisting of one nominee, running unopposed, for the office of Vice President/President-Elect, and of four nominees, two of whom will be chosen by the membership of the LSA, for the at-large seats on the Executive Committee.


Sincerely yours,

The LSA Nominating Committee (Harold Torrence, Chair; Marianne Mithun, Ex officio; Eric Baković; Patricia Cukor-Avila; Malcolm Finney; Itamar Francez, Vera Lee-Schoenfeld)