Our focus is on increasing the percentage of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Social-Behavioral Science (SBS) fields to diversify the workforce. Methods include improving the climate at UMaine, reducing isolation and providing professional development opportunities for women faculty.
This work is funded by National Science Foundation ADVANCE IT Grant No. 1008498. The findings, opinions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the investigators and do not necessarily represent the views of the NSF.
While the University of Maine's ADVANCE grant is directed at retaining and advancing women faculty in STEM and Social and Behavioral Sciences, working toward this goal benefits all UMaine faculty.
Read more from Dr. Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and ADVANCE Principal Investigator.
Welcome to the Rising Tide Center at the University of Maine! Our work is guided by the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
Read a message from Dr. Amy Blackstone, Professor and Chair of Sociology, and Director of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.
DEPT. CHAIRS' and DIRECTORS' DEVELOPMENT DAY: This popular annual event is slated for August 5, 2015 - mark your calendars now, and be ready for the new semester. And in the mean time, check out the on-line resources offered by the Provost including the Dept. Chair's Handbook and access to a the quarterly newsletter, The Dept. Chair.
GOT BALANCE? Read the latest from Toni Messina, featured blogger with GovLoop, the on-line knowledge network that connects federal employees across the U.S. She suggests we might find work-life balance by putting a finger on exactly what matters the most to each of us and bringing those values to the workplace.
FAIR, CONSISTENT & APPROPRIATE: That's what all faculty expect of the promotion and tenure process. Check out these resources that highlight best practices in an effort to reduce implicit biases that negatively impact peer evaluation.
Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. - John Crosby
Support from within the university is essential to ensuring the success of new and junior faculty. Recognizing the efforts of senior faculty who share their expertise and experience underscores a campus commitment to faculty excellence, achievement and satisfaction.
Meet Rebecca Van Beneden, the University of Maine's Outstanding Faculty Mentor for 2014-2015.
Thank you, Becky, for your commitment to faculty excellence!
Advocates and Allies support ADVANCE initiatives because they recognize that an equitable climate is good for everyone.
Their mission is to achieve mutually beneficial goals that align with ADVANCE objectives to improve the academic environment and enhance personal and professional outcomes for the entire UMaine community.
The first step is recognizing bias. Take the implicit association test linked here to explore the subtle notions that may be affecting your actions. Then consider this data, gathered in a 2014 study of female undergrads in STEM fields at UMaine.
Visit the Advocates & Allies page to learn more, and think about the benefits of creating gender equity on our campus!