American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 234,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology assistants; and students.
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Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award

Initiative Categories


Focus Areas

  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Dialect
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Health Equity
  • Mentoring
  • Multilingualism
  • Neurodiversity
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Trauma Informed Care


The Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award is intended to support the academic-research careers of early-career faculty in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). AARC is an award that supports mentored activities in both teaching and research.

Up to 10 awards of $5,000 each are granted annually. In support of ASHA's strategic objectives, preference will be given to those applications that focus the mentored teaching and/or research (including the scholarship of teaching and learning) component on the following:

  • Clinical Practice Research. Clinical practice research in CSD is distinct from research aimed primarily at understanding the mechanisms underlying typical or disordered processing. Rather, it refers to research that focuses on the prevention, diagnostics, treatment, implementation, and outcomes measurement of communication, swallowing, and balance disorders. Clinical practice research, due to its applied nature, has the potential to impact clinical practice in the near term.

  • Diversity/Equity/Inclusion (DEI). DEI topics include bilingualism, multiculturalism, gender identity, sexual orientation, non-mainstream dialects, and identifying and addressing racism, among other topics that promote diversity and cultural responsiveness in the discipline.

  • Implementation Science. Per the National Implementation Research Network, "implementation science is the scientific study of variables and conditions that impact changes at practice, organization, and systems levels; changes that are required to promote the systematic uptake, sustainability and effective use of evidence-based programs and practices in typical service and social settings," (Blasé & Fixsen, 2010, National Implementation Research Network).

  • Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice (IPE/IPP). ASHA has adapted the World Health Organization's (WHO) definitions of IPE/IPP as follows:

    • IPE occurs when two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve outcomes for individuals and families whom we serve.

    • IPP occurs when multiple service providers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive healthcare or educational services by working with individuals and their families, caregivers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings.

Applicants work in conjunction with mentors to develop teaching and research plans tailored to the applicant's career stage. The plans—which propose specific teaching and research activities that mentees will complete under their mentors' guidance during the 18-month funding period—are submitted as part of the AARC application.

DEI topics in research and teaching that awardees have included in their plans cover a broad range of issues, encompassing the following:

  • gender and gender diverse communication
  • assessment of multilingual children
  • explicit and implicit bias toward individuals with hearing loss
  • strengthening students' cultural responsiveness in CSD academic programs,
  • recruiting and mentoring underrepresented students who are interested in research
  • understanding the language in racially and ethnically minoritized autistic individuals with language impairment using community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • promoting cultural competence and cultural humility in graduate students through modules on intersectional experiences among people who stutter with multiple marginalized identities
  • community-based participatory research with an emphasis on accessible and affordable hearing health for people from diverse and underserved backgrounds

For More Information

See the AARC Award website or contact Judy Blackburn at

This initiative was submitted on May 21, 2024.

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