Apply for a Mentored Teaching and Research Award Students and faculty in speech, language or hearing sciences are encouraged to apply by April 15 for either of ASHA’s two mentored teaching and research awards—one for junior-level faculty looking to advance their careers, and one for undergraduate and graduate students considering a PhD program and a faculty-researcher career. The ... ASHA News
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ASHA News   |   February 01, 2017
Apply for a Mentored Teaching and Research Award
The ASHA Leader, February 2017, Vol. 22, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.22022017.60
The ASHA Leader, February 2017, Vol. 22, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.22022017.60
Students and faculty in speech, language or hearing sciences are encouraged to apply by April 15 for either of ASHA’s two mentored teaching and research awards—one for junior-level faculty looking to advance their careers, and one for undergraduate and graduate students considering a PhD program and a faculty-researcher career.
The Advancing Academic-Research Career Award (AARC) and the Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers Award (SPARC) support self-identified mentored teaching and research activities designed to enhance career development in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).
AARC
As part of ongoing efforts to address the PhD shortage through faculty retention, ASHA has increased the number of annual AARC awards from six to 10. The $5,000 award allows recipients to work with at least one research mentor and one teaching mentor on specific activities to be completed over 18 months.
AARC applications that focus on clinical practice research, implementation science or interprofessional education/interprofessional practice are especially encouraged.
Of the 61 faculty members who received their AARC awards more than three years ago, 97 percent remain in academic positions today and 77 percent have achieved the level of associate professor or higher.
In an evaluation of the program, one recipient noted, “I was able to publish two research articles, which assisted me in obtaining tenure at my current university. I also revised two course syllabi to improve my teaching quality.”
SPARC
SPARC provides a $1,000 stipend to CSD students who demonstrate potential for and interest in pursuing a PhD, teaching at a university, and conducting research. Faculty mentors guide the student in achieving predetermined objectives over a 15-month period. Students participate in select teaching and research activities that prepare and expose them to the type of work involved in a faculty-researcher career.
Recent SPARC recipients indicate that the program gave a realistic look at what a research career entails, offered a unique chance to work closely with a faculty member to develop a research and teaching project, and provided the unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to pursue an academic-research career.
Faculty members are encouraged to promote this award to students who are undergraduate CSD juniors or seniors, first-year students in an accredited speech-language pathology master’s program, first- or second-year students in an accredited AuD program, and students who will begin graduate school in audiology or speech-language pathology in the 2016–2017 academic year.
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