Anyone familiar with academia will have noticed how often the high-prestige invited participants at conferences or summer schools and the holders of endowed professorships tend to be men. Well, not so much in linguistics, it would seem. Look at the list of the faculty members selected to hold the four prestigious endowed professorships at the 2017 Linguistic Institute, a large summer school sponsored by the Linguistic Society of America and hosted next year by the University of Kentucky:
- Collitz Professor: Joan Bybee (University of New Mexico)
- Sapir Professor: Penelope Eckert (Stanford University)
- Hale Professor: Lenore Grenoble (University of Chicago)
- Fillmore Professor: Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University)
One hundred percent women for the top invited professorships! And make no mistake, they are all very distinguished senior professors, known worldwide for their research. This isn't tokenism. It's the way our discipline has been developing over the past thirty years or so. Makes a feller proud to be a linguist.