Frequently Asked Questions: Enrolling as a Protégé or Mentor in the MARC Program

Who can participate?

Protégé eligibility criteria:

  • PhD students in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) programs
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Junior-level faculty with a PhD (i.e., assistant professors)

Mentor eligibility criteria:

  • Junior-level faculty with a PhD
  • Mid- and senior-level faculty (e.g., associate professor, professor)
  • Academic administrators holding faculty ranks (department chairperson, dean, program director)
  • Director/chair of research program(s)
  • Professor emerita

What is required?

  • Protégés establish and maintain communication within 2 weeks of being matched
  • Identify and establish the following (see the MARC Sample Agreement):
    • Goals and expectations
    • Communication modality (phone, e-mail, etc.)
    • Frequency of communication

What is the expected time commitment?

This will vary depending on the protégé–mentor pair, but the expectation is 2-3 hours per month for 9 months (September through May).

What does the program offer?

  • Individualized mentorship from experienced faculty researchers in the CSD discipline
  • An opportunity for service outside of the mentor's home institution
  • Interaction with current and future faculty-researchers in CSD
  • Access to resources for faculty and research development
  • Access to the online MARC community

What is it like to participate in the program?

  • Identifying topics related to area of expertise, experience, and skillset
  • Being matched with someone based upon your identified preferences and goals
  • Meeting your protégé or mentor remotely
    MARC is an online program, but we encourage mentoring pairs to determine the best form of communication/contact.
  • Developing objectives related to pre-identified mentoring topics (academic and career goals)
  • Agreeing upon a communication schedule
  • Establishing a timeline to complete desired activities/tasks leading towards the identified goal(s)
  • Communicating regularly and responding in a timely manner

How do I sign up for the program?

Complete the online enrollment form (open from August through the first week in September).

How are protégés and mentors matched?

The matching process is highly individualized and is primarily driven by the protégé's identified academic and career goals being aligned with a potential mentor's experience and skills. Factors that guide the matching process:

  • Professional area (audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech-language-hearing science)
  • The top three identified mentoring topics
  • The mentor's preferred mentoring audience (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, or junior-faculty)
  • Area of concentration or research interest
  • The mentoring pair should not work at or attend the same institution

What is not considered in the matching process?

Matching is not necessarily guided by specialty area (e.g., phonology, tinnitus, aphasia, vertigo, language development).

When will I find out if I've been matched?

You will be notified by September 30. Please contact if you did not receive notification.

How is communication initiated between mentor pairs?

Protégés have a 2-week period to contact mentors (e.g., e-mail, phone) before the mentor may be reassigned to another protégé.

Do protégés and mentors ever meet in person?

They can if they choose. ASHA's Academic Affairs & Research Education Team hosts a networking event during the ASHA Convention. MARC participants are invited to the event, but participation is optional.

What happens if a protégé-mentor match does not work well?

Review the mentoring tips and contact as soon as possible for potential re-assignment.

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