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, 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, Director of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.
MENTORING MODELS: Support from within the university is essential to ensuring the success of junior faculty. We should recognize the efforts of senior faculty who share their expertise and experience with junior colleagues. Read more here about the 2015 Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award and submit a nomination by April 15.
FAIR, CONSISTENT & APPROPRIATE: That's what all faculty expect of the promotion and tenure process. Check out these new resources that highlight best practices in an effort to reduce implicit biases that negatively impact peer evaluation.
SAVE THE DATE: Our 4th annual networking conference, ADVANCING Women in Academia is slated for Tuesday May 12, 2015, and will feature a keynote speech by Annie Houle, founding partner of The Wage Project.
Mentoring is a brian 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 with junior colleagues underscores a campus commitment to faculty excellence, achievement and satisfaction.
Read more here about the 2015 Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award and find out how to nominate a generous senior colleague. It's not too late - the nomination deadline has been extended to April 15.
Meet Sandra Sigmon, Professor of Psychology and University of Maine Outstanding Faculty Mentor for 2013-2014.
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!