The LSA is pleased to announce the establishment of its newest award, intended to recognize the contributions of LGBTQ+ scholars in Linguistics. Named for Arnold Zwicky, the first out LGBTQ+ President of the LSA, the award recipient will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at the LSA Annual Meeting in January of 2022

Read on for more details about the award nominations and selection process:

Frequency:  Annually, as nominations warrant.

Next Nomination Deadline: A preliminary nomination consisting of the nominee's name, curriculum vitae (CV) and/or website URL, must be submitted here no later than August 1, 2021.  A final nomination, consisting of a nomination form, an updated CV link for the nominee, and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, must be submitted at the same link by September 1, 2021. Self-nominations and nominations by others are equally welcome. If nominating someone other than yourself, please seek confirmation from the nominee of your intentions prior to submitting your preliminary nomination.

Eligibility: The Zwicky Award recognizes LGBTQ+ linguists who have made significant contributions to the discipline, the society, or the wider LGBTQ+ community through scholarship, outreach, service, and/or teaching. Eligible applicants will be current members of the LSA and identify within the LGBTQ+ community. Eligibility is open to nominees at any career stage.

The prize is intended to recognize distinguished accomplishments by LGBTQ+ scholars, whether working directly on LGBTQ+ issues in language or not. Nominations will be considered based on excellence in one or more of the following areas, focusing on the most recent 3-5 year period:

  • Scholarship, including presentations, reports, and publications
  • Outreach outside academia, including podcasts, interviews, and journalistic publications
  • Service to the LGBTQ+ community, including activist and advocacy work, organizing, and mentorship
  • Teaching, including excellence in course design, creation of teaching materials, and sharing teaching expertise with others
  • Other information relevant to their work as an LGBTQ+ scholar in Linguistics