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ADVANCE Rising Tide Center

ADVANCE Rising Tide Goals

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.

Learn more about the mission of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.

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.

Rising Tide Leadership

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.

Meet the ADVANCE co-investigators here, and follow this link to learn more about the Rising Tide Center partners.

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DEPT. CHAIRS' and DIRECTORS' DEVELOPMENT DAY: This popular annual event is slated for August 5, 2015 - review the event agenda and mark your calendars now! Register by July 31. And in the mean time, check out resources offered by the Provost including the Dept. Chair's Handbook and access to the quarterly newsletter, The Dept. Chair.

ADVANCING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA: If you missed our networking conference, you can still benefit from the expertise shared at the 2015 event. Visit our RESOURCES page to find links to streaming videos of the keynote speech, the Wage Equity workshop, and the grantsmanship panel.

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 Masters

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.

Thanks Becky, for your commitment to faculty excellence!

Rising Tide Advocates & Allies

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!

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Contact Information

ADVANCE Rising Tide Center
5703 Alumni Hall, Room 229
Orono, Maine 04469-5703
Phone: 207-581-3439 | Fax: 207-581-3450E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469