Partner Benefits

The McMaster SLP program greatly values the time and expertise of our clinical partners. We can never come close to fully expressing the depth of our gratitude for your help in turning our students into effective clinicians, but here are some “thank you perks” we’ve been able to put together for you.

Faculty Appointment “Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct)”

There are many benefits associated with having a faculty appointment, including free library access and free or discounted attendance at courses offered by the Program for Faculty Development. Click here for the faculty appointment information page, including the link to the application form, and click here for the McMaster CV template. Once the faculty appointment application is approved and processed, click here to access the Health Sciences Library. 


A Clinical Instructor for a student placement will receive a stipend in the amount of $50/student/placement week (e.g., if the CI took one student for a 6-week full-time placement, the stipend would be $300). Payments are issued at the end of each placement. The default option is to issue the payment direct to the Clinical Instructor, and a T4A will also be issued. However, if the facility requires the payment to be made to the facility, this can be done. If there is more than one CI supervising a student, the funds will be split according to the CIs’ direction. Each tutor for a problem-based tutorial course will receive a stipend equal to $80 per class attended (e.g., for a 10-week unit, there are 20 classes and the stipend is $1,600, prorated for any absences). A T4 is issued at the end of the year.

Help with CASLPO Goals and CLACS

You can document student supervision on your CASLPO SAT in section 1.5, you can set learning goals relating to supervision, and count related supervision activities as CLACs. See Clinical Education Goals and CLAC Ideas for sample learning goals and CLACs relating to clinical supervision.

Recognition at your Organization

Each year, SLPs who demonstrate high levels of commitment to clinical teaching receive certificates and their managers receive letters of recognition. Click here to learn about the Annual Recognition Program for SLP Clinical Instructors.

Access to Knowledge

We offer online “thank you” workshops twice per year on varied topics of interest to our clinical community. A joint OT-SLP clinical supervisor workshop is also offered annually. All of these workshops are free of charge for anyone taking a student on placement, tutoring, supervising an EBP project, or guest lecturing for the SLP program in the prior or subsequent 6-month period.

Click here for educational resources, including student supervision tips, links to ASHA’s evidence maps, and many other helpful links. You can also click here to see events at McMaster and elsewhere.

We have future plans to prepare a newsletter for our clinical instructors. Likely content areas include:

  • “Examining the Evidence” - PhD faculty will review recent, practically-oriented research literature to distribute with a rating of “2 thumbs up”, “on the fence”, or “10 foot pole” to help clinicians know which are good studies to pay attention to
  • Topic-area research syntheses
  • Student projects
  • Library or general on-line evidence-based research search tips
  • Useful assessment and treatment resources, reviewed by faculty

Program Development and Networking Opportunities

Our community partners have tremendous knowledge and experience to share to continuously improve the calibre of our student programming. You may therefore receive requests to participate in program development activities, such as being guest instructors, developing cases for our problem-based tutorials, designing innovative placement initiatives, reviewing placement evaluation systems, development and implementation of award programs, and many others. In addition to helping with program development, many clinicians report great value in being able to network with other SLP colleagues during these activities.

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