Mentoring Academic-Research Careers (MARC)
The MARC program is designed specifically for PhD students, junior faculty, and post-doctoral fellows. It was developed as part of the ASHA Focused Initiative on the PhD Shortage in Higher Education in 2006 to address a need for, and interest in, a mentoring program that keep PhD students and junior faculty on track to achieve and sustain a rewarding career in academia. The program continues to support the PhD student and faculty-researcher pipeline in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).
Past participants have said:
"Being a mentor gives me a chance to share information that I have found valuable. At the same time, the conversations give me an opportunity to pause and reflect on issues relevant to academia."
"Because of the MARC program, I get to learn from faculty outside my area of interest."
PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior and senior faculty interested in fostering successful academic research careers that lead to tenure, promotion, and career satisfaction.
The MARC program is an online e-mentoring program based on mentoring topics related to fostering successful academic research careers (e.g., scholarly publishing, grant writing, setting up a lab, developing coursework, and negotiating start up packages, etc.). Participants are matched and engage in a 9-month mentoring relationship. Protégés and mentors are matched on broad criteria related to career development and not necessarily on topical areas of expertise. Mentoring pairs are free to continue their mentoring relationship beyond the 9-month period. Additional features of the program include an online community, webinars featuring topics related to academic research careers, and an ASHA Convention networking event. Preference is given to applicants at institutions located in the United States.
MARC Protégé requirements include
- individual is currently enrolled in a PhD degree program in CSD
- post-doctoral fellow
- junior faculty with 0–6 years of teaching and research experience or who are below the level of associate professor
MARC Mentor must meet any one of the eligibility requirements
- junior faculty with 0–6 years of teaching and research experience, or who are below the level of associate professor, may serve as mentors to PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.
- associate professor
- director/chair of research program and holds a research doctoral degree
- professor emeriti
MARC applicants must complete a protégé or mentor enrollment form through the online application system. To access the application forms, sign-in to your ASHA account and from the "Category" dropdown, select either "MARC Protégé Applicants" or "MARC Mentor Applicants." If you have served as a reviewer for any Academic Affairs and Research Education (AARE) programs or submitted an application for AARE programs, you may be required to select "View My Rankings" first, then "Create Submission," followed by "Category" from the dropdown menu.
Enrollment is now closed.
Questions? Please visit the MARC FAQs or contact the AARE unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.