Mentoring Academic-Research Careers (MARC)

Purpose

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). Enrollment in the MARC program for the 2019–2020 academic year opens August 1, 2019 and closes September 6, 2019. To join as a mentee or mentor, sign into the online system with your ASHA single sign on.

Eligibility Requirements

MARC mentees 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

Format

The MARC program is an online, nine-month mentoring program that starts as soon as a mentee connects with a mentor and lasts throughout the academic year. Be the first to experience MARC's new online mentoring platform, which enables:

  • Mentees and mentors to self-select matches based on shared mentoring and academic interests;
  • Custom development of a Mentoring Connection Plan; and
  • Tiers of mentoring to fit your needs.

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, among other topics.

In addition to one-on-one mentoring through the Mentoring Connection Plan, all MARC participants are invited to participate in the MARC Online Community—a virtual community to share resources, engage in discussions, and network with other MARC participants.

How to Apply

Enrollment in the MARC program opens August 1, 2019 and closes September 6, 2019.

To enroll as a mentee:

  • Sign into the online system using your ASHA login e-mail and password. If you do not have an ASHA login e-mail and password, you must create an account first.
  • Answer all the questions to create your Mentee Profile.
  • After creating your Mentee Profile, select "Mentors" in the left-hand panel and view Mentor Profiles to find the right match for you.
  • Send a mentoring request to 2–3 mentors who match you well based on shared areas of interest. To do this, select "Connect" and "Request Mentoring Connection" for each mentor of interest.
  • Enrollment is complete once a mentor accepts your request.

To enroll as a mentor:

  • Sign into the online system using your ASHA login e-mail and password. If you do not have an ASHA login e-mail and password, you must create an account first.
  • Answer all the questions to create your Mentor Profile.
  • Once complete, your Mentor Profile will be visible to mentees, who will then send requests to connect. Mentors may choose to mentor up to two mentees.
  • Enrollment is complete when you have accepted at least one request for mentoring.

Questions? Contact the Academic Affairs and Research Education (AARE) unit at marc@asha.org.

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