Criteria for Nomination and Selection of LSA Fellows

Members of the Society who have made distinguished contributions to the discipline may be recognized as Fellows of the Linguistic Society of America. Distinguished contributions may include:

Scholarly excellence
Service to the LSA
Service to speech communities
Service to government and/or industry
Teaching and mentoring excellence
Sustained effort in the above areas over the course of their careers

When considering nominations of fellows, the at-large members of the Executive Committee shall strive to ensure that the total population of LSA Fellows reflects:

Diversity of subfields
Demographic diversity
The highest standards of professional conduct

The at-large members of the Executive Committee shall meet in confidential session to discuss the merits of each nominee prior to voting, consulting with other members of the Executive Committee as deemed appropriate or necessary.

A member of the Society who has served as an Officer of the Society (i.e., President or Secretary-Treasurer), as Editor of Language or Semantics and Pragmatics, or as (co)Director of a Linguistic Institute, shall be recognized as a Fellow upon conclusion of service in that office. The initial set of Fellows shall include all current members of the Society who have held any of these offices.

Nominations

In addition, up to eight members may be recognized as Fellows each year by the at-large members of the Executive Committee, who are to select from among eligible individuals nominated by any member of the Society in good standing.  Current members are eligible for election if they have at least four years of continuous membership at the time of their nomination.  Nominations may be made to the Secretariat, which will issue a call each year and prepare a list of nominees for consideration.  The Secretariat will confirm that the nominee is a member in good standing before preparing the ballot.
(From the LSA Constitution (Article II, No. 8) and Bylaws (Pursuant to Article II, No. 4.))

If you are not sure how long the nominee has been a member of the LSA, look them up in the online membership directory and check the "Year First Joined" field in the "Membership Information" section. LSA staff will check to confirm that membership has been continuous.

No member of the Executive Committee will be eligible for election as a Fellow while serving in that office. Members who are Fellows may be nominated to serve as Officers or on the Executive Committee.

Nominations of women and underrepresented ethnic minorities are especially encouraged. 

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* 1. Your name

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* 2. Your email address

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* 3. Name of the individual you are nominating for LSA Fellow status

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* 5. Please upload a nomination letter no more than two pages in length.

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* 6. Please provide a URL for the nominee's CV.

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* 7. Alternatively, optionally upload a CV for this person

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