Awarded annually by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 2004, Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Awards provide grants of $5,000 to new faculty members in higher education in support of mentored activities in the field of communication sciences and disorders. In 2019, up to ten awards will be granted for a period of eighteen months.
The awards support mentored activities in both teaching and research tailored to the applicant’s career stage. Examples of mentored teaching activities include those that allow the applicant to learn new teaching or mentoring techniques; attend or present at a conference; lead a mentoring program; incorporate theories of teaching/learning into their courses; incorporate contemporary technologies (e.g., social media, telepractice) or instrumentation (e.g., fMRI) into coursework and student mentoring; and/or develop new curriculum or unique learning opportunities (e.g., problem-based learning, interprofessional education, distance learning, or student research opportunities).
Examples of mentored research activities include those that allow the applicant to learn a new research methodology or technique; attend or present at a research conference; participate in a training course on data analysis; train in another research lab; prepare a research manuscript of grant application; conduct a feasibility study; and/or collect pilot data.
Applications that focus on mentored teaching and/or research in the following areas are particularly encouraged: clinical research practice, implementation science, and interprofessional education and interprofessional practice.
To be eligible, candidates must have a research doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent); have a full-time faculty appointment below the level of associate professor in a CSD department at an academic institution in the United States; and, at the time of award disbursement, be an ASHA member.
Mentoring teams must consist of at least two mentors (one to support the applicant’s teaching plan, the other to support the applicant’s research plan), with both mentors having research doctorates, and at least one mentor holding a faculty position in a CSD department.
See the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website for complete program instructions, application guidelines, and list of previous recipients.