American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Mentoring Academic-Research Careers (MARC)

Purpose

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."

Mary Jo Cooley-Hidecker, assistant professor at the University of Wyoming; and Whitney Postman, assistant professor at La Salle University, talk about how mentorship through the MARC program helped them.

Participants

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.

Format

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.

Nan Bernstein Ratner, professor and chair at the University of Maryland—College Park; and Rachel Suddarth, assistant professor at Saint Ambrose University, give advice for those in the MARC program.

Eligibility Requirements

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
  • Professor
  • director/chair of research program and holds a research doctoral degree
  • professor emeriti

Questions? Please visit the MARC FAQs or contact the AARE unit at marc@asha.org.

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