Mentoring Academic-Research Careers (MARC)


The purpose of the MARC program is to support doctor of philosophy (PhD) students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty in obtaining and succeeding in faculty–researcher positions in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). MARC was developed to address shortages of faculty–researcher personnel holding PhD degrees in CSD.

Here's what 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."

Eligibility Requirements

MARC protégés must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student currently enrolled in a PhD degree program in CSD
  • Postdoctoral fellow
  • Junior faculty with a PhD (below the level of associate professor)

MARC mentors must have a research doctorate (e.g. PhD) and meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Junior faculty member who is willing to serve as a mentor to PhD students and/or post-doctoral fellows
  • Associate professor
  • Full professor
  • Director/chair of research program and holds a research doctoral degree
  • professor emeritus


The MARC program is an e-mentoring program. Protégés and mentors communicate through regular e-mail, phone, and Skype exchanges, depending on the mentoring pair's preferences. Additionally, protégés and mentors may make arrangements to meet at the ASHA Convention, state association conventions, or other professional meetings and social opportunities.

  • Face-to-face meetings are not a formal part of the program, but they may have a positive influence on the mentoring relationship.
    • Experienced mentors often state that scheduling regular interactions and setting clear goals lead to the most successful mentoring relationships.
  • Mentoring focuses on providing guidance on a range of activities required for successful academic research careers, including
    • scholarly publishing;
    • grant writing;
    • setting up a lab;
    • developing coursework; and
    • negotiating start-up packages and salaries.
  • Participants are matched for a 9-month mentoring relationship.
    • Matching is based on goals related to career development and not necessarily on specialty areas of expertise.
  • It is the protégé's responsibility to initiate contact with the mentor.
    • Protégés have a 2-week period to contact mentors (e.g., e-mail, phone) before the mentor may be reassigned to another protégé.
  • Mentoring pairs are free to continue their mentoring relationship beyond the 9-month period.
  • Additional features of the program include an online community and an invitation to an ASHA Convention networking event.
  • Preference is given to applicants at institutions located in the United States.

How to Apply

Enrollment for the MARC program opens in early August and closes in early September. 

Questions? Please visit the MARC FAQs or contact the Academic Affairs and Research Education (AARE) unit at

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