EC Nominations, General

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 three times a year: in January immediately prior to the annual LSA meeting and twice virtually at other times. 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:
  • Positioning LSA as a "big tent" organization that is welcoming and relevant to linguists, whoever they are, whatever their area of specialization, wherever they work, and regardless of career stage.
  • Increasing membership value and member satisfaction.
  • Increasing member participation in the Society and attracting new members, including student members, international members, members working in industry and members from groups historically underrepresented in LSA.
  • Moving LSA toward financial stability to assure that it can continue to fulfill its mission to advance the scientific study of language into its next 100 years.
  • Explore all viable options for our future annual meetings, so they are financially sustainable, accessible, and intellectually vibrant. 
Prospective nominators and nominees should also consult the more detailed description from:
Please send your nominations and supporting statements to the Co-chairs of the Nominating Committee, Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine and Peter Jenks, via no later than May 31, 2024. 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.