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LSC Faculty Membership

All UMD faculty involved in research or teaching related to language science are eligible to become members of the Language Science Center. Members are given a 0% FTE appointment to the Language Science Center in UMD's payroll system.

To become a member of the LSC, sign this agreement. Caitlin Eaves (ceaves@umd.edu) will contact you to confirm.

Benefits: What does the LSC do for its members?

Facilitates interaction and collaboration within and across departments, providing support and opportunities for intellectual growth.

  • Sponsors weekly lunch talk series and other events for sharing research.
  • Serves as a “matchmaking” resource for potential mentors or collaborators.
  • Provides LSC space for research, talks, meetings, and other activities. Members have general swipe access, priority for room reservations, and access to the poster printer. 
  • Provides staff assistance for event planning.
  • Facilitates opportunities for collaborative teaching and research, and student exchanges via a network of national and international partnerships.

Supports graduate and undergraduate students through innovative interdisciplinary training, mentorship, and programming.

  • Offers mentorship, resources, leadership opportunities, and a supportive community for graduate students.
  • Provides resources and space for student-led activities.
  • Offers interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for undergraduates through the PULSAR program.
  • Coming soon: A cross-department network of support and teaching exchanges for instructors of undergraduate courses.
  • Coming soon: More activities for undergraduates, and better communication with language science undergraduates as a group.

Supports research development.

  • Provides grant support, including pre-award services (e.g. budgets, routing), multi-unit proposal support/management, letters of support.
  • Provides access to seed grants and other funding opportunities as they become available.
  • Provides access to a university-wide network of support for fund-raising, communications, and research development.
  • Houses the Infant and Child Studies Consortium (ICS), a university-wide collaboration among developmental labs.
  • Manages the Guatemala Field Station, supporting research and education on Mayan languages in close collaboration with the local community.

Increases visibility of research, training, and policy activities, which helps build connections with potential collaborators, partners, and funders across the university, industry and government. 

  • Helps recruit and retain talent at all levels by leveraging the skill and expertise of the entire language science community.
  • Highlights members’ research through its own communications and by connecting language scientists to university and public media.
  • Makes language science an institutional priority, by advocating to university leadership on behalf of language science and language scientists.
  • Provides opportunities to bring language science to a broader audience and interact with the local community (e.g. campus visits for high school students, Planet Word partnership, Language Science for Everyone at national events, Hyattsville summer reading program).

Expectations: What does the LSC need from members?

Credit on grants: Institutional tracking of sponsored research

When applying for grants, allocate 5% of your individual credit to the LSC. This requirement applies to all grants, whether or not F&A is included in the project. (LSC’s credit allotment may be larger when LSC takes on a major role in pre- or post-award support.) This will allow university officials to easily track all language science faculty grants through UMD’s sponsored research system (Kuali Research), ensuring that the scale and breadth of language science research is transparent to the university. It will also allow for a small portion of DRIF to flow to the LSC to support research activities.

Contribute to language science research, education, and public engagement

LSC grew out of a grassroots community, and its core mission is to facilitate continued grassroots efforts in research, education, and public engagement. Faculty contributions are integral to this mission. There are many ways you can contribute, commensurate with the responsibilities of your position and the nature of your research:

  • Research:
    • Run multi-department grants or programs through the LSC. 
    • Use LSC grant management services, if it benefits your research efforts.
    • Acknowledge the LSC in presentations, papers, etc.
    • Share your research with the UMD language science community at LSC activities/events.
    • Lead or participate in multi-department research projects.
  • Education:
    • Mentor graduate or undergraduate students (beyond your primary advisees) via lab rotations or other mechanisms; this can include policy or applied/clinical rotations.
    • Teach language science classes; co-teach with a colleague from another department.
    • Encourage your students to engage in integrative research or training activities as appropriate.
    • Encourage students to get involved in language science community activities. (Consider including information about LSC in syllabi or in introductory course presentations.)
    • Speak with student groups, e.g., at the PULSAR seminar series, Language Science Lunch Talks, or student-led workshops.
  • Outreach: Share your expertise with the broader community, e.g. local schools and families, policymakers, teachers, or industry groups. This can include participating in outreach events organized through LSC, or activities that you undertake individually. Our hope is for all LSC faculty to participate in at least one outreach activity per year. 
  • Ownership: Help shape the language science initiative by participating in working groups or task forces, either for the LSC generally or for specific subareas in education, research, etc.