Virtual participcation in the Linguistics Beyond Academia kick-off event

On September 24th, 6-7:00 pm (EST), we will be hosting our kick-off event for the newly formed LSA Special Interest group, “Linguistics Beyond Academia”

We would like to invite those of you who are not in DC to join us virtually (through go-to-meeting) to hear about the professional paths of linguists who use their linguistics skills and training in linguistics in careers as researchers. You will also have the opportunity to participate in discussion and to learn more about the SIG and the work we do.

Linguists at all levels of training and all careers – undergraduates, graduate students, PhDs, postdocs, faculty at all levels, and professional linguists working in any field – are welcome. You do not need to be a member of the LSA or the SIG to attend. The event is open to both members of the SIG and those who are interested in learning more about this initiative.
The technology can only accommodate so many people, so please RSVP here:

The response has been overwhelming, so reserve your space now!!!

Anastasia Nylund and Anna Marie Trester (convenors of Linguistics Beyond Academia)
Find out more about the SIG on our website:


6:00-6:15 Welcome and introduction to the Special Interest Group

6:15-7:00 Panel: Research Careers for Linguists



Marissa Fond is a researcher at the FrameWorks Institute. An applied sociolinguist with training in discourse analysis, pragmatics, and conversation analysis, her past research has explored the practice of talking topically, or co-constructing an intersubjective orientation to talk in interaction. In particular, she has examined this interactional skill in the evaluation of discourse-pragmatic communication disorders that often result from acquired brain injury. Prior to joining FrameWorks, she worked as a research sociolinguist at the U.S. Census Bureau, conducting cross-linguistic sociocultural research on survey respondents’ understandings of various data collection materials and methods, the measurement of race and ethnicity, and functional equivalence in translation. She received her B.A. in linguistics and Spanish from Smith College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University.

Mikelyn Meyers is a Research Sociolinguist in the Language and Cross-Cultural Research Group at the US Census Bureau.  She pretests non-English language surveys and materials to ensure that translations are linguistically and culturally appropriate.  Prior to joining the US Census Bureau, she worked for Abt SRBI as a Research Analyst overseeing data collection, sample management, and data analysis.  Mikelyn received her MS in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University and her research interests include racial identity in immigrant families and the impact of English-language proficiency on pretesting results.

Jennifer Renn is a Senior Research Associate and the Chair of Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). As a researcher, she facilitates and supports research activities across CAL by collaborating with teams to produce, review, and revise studies pertaining to language testing and applied linguistics projects. She also functions as a research expert internally to CAL by providing input on projects and responding to questions about research design and implementation and provides expertise in the writing of research documents, technical reports, and technical briefs summarizing research results. She serves as Chair of CAL’s IRB, and in this role has expertise in human subjects research involving minors and in data privacy and protection procedures. Prior to joining CAL, Dr. Renn worked as an Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Childhood Education at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time there, she worked on various projects investigating the relationship between language and dialect use and academic achievement outcomes in minority youth and contributed to grants for the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Renn holds both a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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