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FYI: LSA Secretary-Treasurer Search

Author: LSA

FYI Body: Call for Nominations for Secretary-Treasurer of the Linguistic
Society of America

The Secretary-Treasurer is the constitutionally designated chief
fiscal officer of the Society. The responsibilities of the
Secretary-Treasurer shall include keeping the records of the
deliberations of the Society and the Executive Committee,
presenting an annual report to the Society, which shall be
published by the Society, supervising publications of the
Society which are not the responsibility of the Editor, and such
functions as may be assigned by the President and the Executive
Committee. Although the Secretary-Treasurer is elected
annually, the recent tradition has been to serve for five
consecutive years.

During their term in office, all past Secretary-Treasurers have
been faculty members in residence although this is not a
requirement. They have been able to continue to pursue their own
professional commitments, interests and responsibilities because
the work of the Society is generally carried out by the
Secretariat in Washington. The Secretariat, currently staffed
by three employees, administers and manages the work of the
Society under the direction of and in frequent communication
with the Secretary-Treasurer.

Each year, the Secretary-Treasurer receives a modest honorarium
in recognition of service and is reimbursed for office supplies
and the expense of a telephone at his or her office, as well as
for travel on LSA business.

The members of the Ad Hoc Secretary-Treasurer Search Committee
(Frederick J. Newmeyer, Chair; Paul Angelis and Dawn Bates)
welcome applications and nominations from any member. The
Committee would also be pleased to respond to inquiries abou
the position and to supply detailed information on the
responsibilities. The deadline for receipt of materials is 1
July 1997. All applications and nominations should be
accompanied by a curriculum vitae and be sent to: Ad Hoc
Secretary-Treasurer Search Committee, c/o LSA Secretariat, 1325
18th Street, NW, Suite 211, Washington, DC 20036-6501.

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