Mentoring Academic-Research Careers (MARC)

Purpose

The MARC program is designed to support PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty, in obtaining and excelling in faculty-researcher positions in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). It was developed to address faculty-researcher shortages of personnel holding PhD degrees in CSD.

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."

Participants

PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and senior-level faculty interested in fostering successful academic research careers that lead to tenure, promotion, and career satisfaction.

Format

The MARC program is an online e-mentoring program based on fostering successful academic research careers (e.g., scholarly publishing, grant writing, setting up a lab, developing coursework, and negotiating start up packages, etc.). Participants are matched and engage in a 9-month mentoring relationship. Matching is based on broad criteria related to career development and not necessarily on topical areas of expertise. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

MARC protégés must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • currently enrolled in a PhD degree program in CSD
  • postdoctoral fellow
  • junior faculty with a PhD who has 0–6 years of teaching and research experience or below the level of associate professor

MARC mentors must meet any one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • junior faculty with a PhD who is willing to serve as a mentor to PhD students and/or post-doctoral fellows
  • associate professor
  • professor
  • director/chair of research program and holds a research doctoral degree
  • professor emeriti

Enroll as a MARC mentor or protégé.

Mary Jo Cooley-Hidecker, assistant professor at the University of Wyoming; and Whitney Postman, assistant professor, currently at Saint Louis University, talk about how mentorship through the MARC program helped them.

Nan Bernstein Ratner, professor and chair at the University of Maryland—College Park; and Rachel Suddarth, assistant professor at Saint Ambrose University, give advice for those in the MARC program.

Questions? Please visit the MARC FAQs or contact the AARE unit at [email protected].

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