The role of the Pathways program is to mentor early-career clinical scientists in developing strong foundations for independent research careers. Pathways assists participants with developing a 5-year research career plan, acclimating to a research career, building a publication record, and learning about funding mechanisms appropriate to this career stage. The specific goal of the program is to prepare eligible candidates to become competitive applicants for NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) R21 (formerly the NIDCD R03) or K23 awards. It is intended as an initial step to enhance the training, retention, and funding success of clinical scientists in CSD, with the ultimate goal of advancing the evidence base of the discipline.
"The Pathways meeting was probably the best two days spent in my academic career."
Pathways is part of ASHA's Academic & Research Mentoring (ARM) Network. The ARM Network offers programs for those who are considering, launching, and advancing academic-research careers in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). ASHA measures the impact of these programs by collecting participant outcomes data.
Researchers at the following career stages are eligible to apply:
Applicants must also meet the following eligibility requirements:
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The Pathways program is composed of two phases: (1) an initial conference followed by (2) a year of ongoing, remote mentoring and educational support. An experienced researcher is selected to mentor two participants throughout the program.
Protégés and mentors meet at the 2-day Pathways Conference at ASHA's National Office in Rockville, Maryland. The conference combines lectures, mentoring sessions, and facilitated discussions. This is a working conference for which each protégé prepares materials in advance and then refines them on site with guidance from the mentor. Protégés also work with mentors to set individualized 1-year goals.
Ongoing, remote mentoring and educational support are provided throughout the year. Mentors assist protégés in completing tasks leading to accomplishing individualized goals. Multimedia resources (e.g., presentations, webinars, podcasts) are available through an online Clinical Research Education Library (CREd). Mentors and protégés participate in the ARM Network online professional community.
View a typical conference agenda.
ASHA may ask for periodic updates on the scholarly achievements of Pathways participants in the years following the program, for example about publications or grant submissions. Participants are expected to provide this information because it is critical to ensuring the program's continuation.
Applicants must complete an online application form, upload several PDF files, and submit the entire application package by the established deadline. The application period for Pathways opens in October and closes in December.
There is no registration fee. Funds are provided for travel, hotel, and meals for onsite participation, in accordance with ASHA travel policies. Senior investigators in communication sciences and disorders review each application. Acceptance notifications are sent in April.
See the application instructions for more information.
Interested in Lessons for Success as well? You can apply to both Lessons for Success and Pathways in the same year; however, you can only be selected to participate in one program. Selection will be based on best fit. After participating in Lessons for Success, you are no longer eligible to apply for Pathways. Attending Pathways first is the only way to participate in both programs, and Pathways provides good preparation for Lessons for Success.
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Pathways was established through support of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) grant #U24DC012078 awarded to ASHA. The program is planned and coordinated by ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education department in consultation with the Pathways Advisory Committee, which serves to review the applications. The following distinguished scholars make up the Pathways Advisory Committee.
Mary Alt, PhD
The University of Arizona
Heather Shaw Bonilha, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina
Ryan Branski, PhD
New York University
Vincent Gracco, PhD
Stacy Harnish, PhD
The Ohio State University
Elizabeth Hoover, PhD
Pui Fong Kan, PhD
University of Colorado Boulder
Jennifer Kent-Walsh, PhD
University of Central Florida
Rhiannon Luyster, PhD
Ignatius Nip, PhD
San Diego State University
Rita Patel, PhD
Elizabeth Strickland, PhD
Andrea Warner-Czyz, PhD
The University of Texas at Dallas
Krystal Werfel, PhD
University of South Carolina
Heather Harris Wright, PhD
East Carolina University