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Careers in academia are both exciting and rewarding. The resources listed here provide information about the issues to weigh when considering PhD study; recommended preparation for PhD students; tips for new faculty, including tenure and promotion in academia; and the value of mentorship along the way.

Considering a PhD

Thinking About a PhD? – Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to questions you may have about pursuing a PhD.

Thinking About a PhD? – Presentations
Presentations by Melanie Schuele and Sid Bacon to share with your students and others.

Mentoring Academic Research Careers (MARC)
Take aim of your career in higher ed! Join ASHA's online mentoring program, Mentoring for Academic-Research Careers (MARC), and experience the power of passionate mentoring. The MARC program is designed specifically for PhD students and new faculty members.

PhD Preparation

Preparation for the Research Doctoral Degree
Doctoral study is viewed as a time to learn scientific principles and methods for conducting research. Learn about choosing a doctoral program, developing a plan of study, selecting a mentor, and establishing a research focus.

Mentorship in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Mentoring relationships can enhance professional development and growth. Identify characteristics that facilitate the mentoring process.

Beginning a Faculty Career

Developing a Research Plan, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Careers
How and why you should develop a research plan

5-Year Planning Worksheets, Carleton College, Science Education Resource Center
Different formats for your research plan

My Individual Development Plan, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Careers
Tool to assist you in setting career goals

The Professor Is In, Karen L. Kelsky, PhD

GPS to Success: Achieving Milestones in your 5 Year Academic Research Plan
Key information about the importance of establishing a 5-year plan, meeting the milestones, and avoiding common pitfalls and challenges that might derail you from achieving your career goals. Presented by Dr. Janet Koehnke, PhD, CCC-A.

Interviewing for a Faculty Position
When you apply for an academic position, you may expect a different sort of interview than when you apply for a job in a private clinic, hospital, or school setting. Prepare for this unique interview process.

Preparing to Commence Your Faculty Career
Once you accept an offer of employment and sign a contract, your work can begin. Maximize success by developing teaching and research plans in advance.

Tomorrow's Professor Listserv
Postings twice weekly to foster a diverse, world-wide teaching and learning ecology. Topics include the Academy, graduate students, academic careers, teaching and learning, and research. Sponsored by The Stanford University Center for Teaching & Learning. Available by free e-mail subscription.

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, Second Edition, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Advice from experienced biomedical researchers on navigating the academic environment, managing a lab, obtaining funding, publishing, and teaching

Advancing a Faculty Career

Volunteer
Service is one of the three critical elements, along with teaching and scholarship, towards earning tenure. Expand your service and leadership experience through volunteer opportunities.

Mentoring for Academic-Research Careers (MARC)
Take aim of your career in higher ed! Join ASHA's online mentoring program, Mentoring for Academic-Research Careers (MARC), and experience the power of passionate mentoring. The MARC program is designed specifically for PhD students and new faculty members.

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