Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award


The AARC Award is intended to support the academic-research careers of junior-level faculty in the field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Unlike a traditional research grant that only focuses on research, the AARC Award funds proposals that include both a teaching and a research component.

Up to ten awards of $5,000 each will be granted. One of ASHA's strategic objectives is to increase the generation of clinical practice research needed to support evidence-based practice. In support of this objective, two awards will be dedicated to applications that focus on clinical practice research. Clinical practice research in CSD is distinct from research aimed primarily at understanding the mechanisms underlying normal or disordered processing. Rather, it refers to research that focuses on the prevention, diagnostics, treatment, implementation, and outcomes measurement of communication, swallowing, and balance disorders. Clinical practice research, due to its applied nature, has the potential to impact clinical practice in the near term.

Applicants work in conjunction with mentors to develop mentored teaching and research plans tailored to the applicant's career stage. The plans—which propose specific teaching and research activities that will be completed under the guidance of the mentors during the 18-month funding period—are submitted as part of the AARC application. Examples of acceptable activities include, but are not limited to

Mentored teaching activities, such as

  • learn new teaching or mentoring techniques
  • attend or present at a conference on the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • lead a mentoring program such as a journal club
  • incorporate theories of teaching/learning into your own courses
  • incorporate contemporary technologies (e.g., social media, telepractice) or instrumentation (e.g., fMRI) into course work and student mentoring
  • develop new curricula or unique learning opportunities (e.g., problem-based learning, interprofessional education, distance learning, or student research opportunities)

Mentored research activities, such as

  • learn a new research methodology or technique
  • attend or present at a research conference
  • participate in a training course on data analysis
  • train in another research lab
  • prepare a research manuscript or grant application
  • conduct a feasibility study or collect pilot data

In addition, the AARC award offers a professional networking opportunity for those who attend the ASHA Convention. AARC awardees are invited to attend a reception exclusively for ASHA's research education program awardees, participants, and faculty. For those attending Convention, this is a great opportunity to meet fellow AARC awardees, learn about and meet participants in ASHA's other research education programs, and network with the experienced faculty who have been involved in the success of these programs.

View current and former AARC Award recipients.

Eligibility Requirements

The following eligibility criteria apply: 

  • research doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent)
  • full-time tenure or non-tenure track faculty appointment in a CSD department in an academic institution in the United States at the time of disbursement
  • primary responsibilities include teaching and conducting research
  • fewer than 6 years of teaching/research experience or status below the level of associate professor
  • ASHA member
  • mentoring team composed of at least two mentors—one to support the applicant's teaching plan and one to support the applicant's research plan. (Note: All mentors must have research doctorates; at least one mentor must be a faculty member in a CSD department.)

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an online application form, upload several PDF documents, and submit the entire package by the established deadline. See the application instructions for details on the required documents and application deadline date.

Questions? Please see the AARC FAQs. Still have questions? Contact the Academic Affairs and Research Education unit at [email protected].

Interested in serving as a reviewer? At a minimum, reviewers must hold a PhD degree and be at the associate professor level. Additional requirements may apply. Contact [email protected].

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