Exploring and planning for a position of international leadership in the study of languages, from the cultures and societies they embody, to the ways they are taught and learned, to the science of language acquisition and linguistics.


Phase 1


May 1 – October 1, 2016:  the Exploratory and Planning Task Force conducted its research, consulted with faculty, and submitted a report and a set of recommendations about the establishment of a “School” of language, literary and cultural studies at Michigan State University.

The Exploratory and Planning Task Force was charged to:

  1. Investigate the opportunities and challenges associated with establishing a School of Language Studies at Michigan State University;
  2. Explore models at peer universities to identify best practices and determine how MSU could distinguish its approach and structure from others in order to position itself as an international leader in language studies;
  3. Submit a plan to establish an Action Committee structured to address relevant issues identified during the exploration and planning phases. The Action Committee should include relevant stakeholders and opportunities for open discussion among the faculty as it develops a proposal for a School of Language Studies that would undergo university review in AY2017-18 and be put in place to begin operation in 2018.

EXPLORATION (June-August 2016)

TASK FORCE REPORT (October 2016)

Dean’s charge: We have established an Exploratory and Planning Task Force to investigate and begin planning for the creation of what might be called a “School of Language, Literary, and Cultural Studies” (“School” henceforth). This “School” will include the programs currently housed in two separate departments, the Department of Romance and Classical Studies (RCS) and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages (L&L), as well as the Second Language Studies Program (SLS), and units like the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA).


The Action Committee is charged to investigate and recommend an administrative structure for the School that will distinguish MSU from its peers, facilitate strategic collaborations, and establish by-laws based on best practices in order to create a culture of inclusive excellence in the School.The Task Force report includes an important list of issues the Action Committee should consider including the structure of the school, platforms of collaboration, School leadership, advising, governance, RPT questions, and facilities.

Read the complete charge to the Action Committee here: Dean Long’s Action Committee Charge