Skip Navigation
Return to Layout View | Home | A-Z Directory | my UMaine | MaineStreet | Campus Map | Calendar
Follow UMaine on Twitter | Join UMaine on Facebook | Watch UMaine on YouTube | Admissions | Parents & Family | Emergency

ADVANCE Rising Tide Center

Site Navigation:


August 20, 2014 – Department Chairs and Unit Directors Professional Development Day. Once again, the Rising Tide Center is pleased to sponsor this annual event that facilitates development of administrative leadership skills among our faculty. This year’s topic is Faculty Retention.

The morning session, which begins at 9:00 AM, will offer information for newly appointed and less experienced chairs and directors, and faculty members who aspire to a leadership role. The afternoon session will feature scenario-based conversations to allow new administrators to tap into the expertise and experience of current chairs and directors.

Registration begins at 8:30 am; Luncheon will be provided at noon for all attendees. 

9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Wells Conference Center
Register on or before  Aug 15 by calling 581-3439 or sending an e-mail to

August 28, 2014 – New Faculty Orientation and Informational Fair. Plan to attend this event to meet other new faculty, receive an overview of campus services and support, and hear timely tips from recently colleagues who look back on their transition to UMaine. The agenda also includes lunch, an informational fair with representatives from campus departments and organizations, and an ice cream social in addition to a panel of newly hired faculty who have important tips and strategies to share.

9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Wells Conference Center
Advance registration is appreciated, but  plan to attend even if you did not pre-register. Call  581-3439 or send  an e-mail to to reserve your spot.

September 18, 2014 – Peer Committee Letters Workshop. Learn about unconscious biases that persist in academia, and hear strategies that will prepare you to think and act fairly in evaluating your colleagues.

2:00 – 4:00 pm, Wells Conference Center Room 3
Register by Sept. 12 calling 581-3439 or sending an e-mail to

September 26, 2014 – New Faculty Breakfast. THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED.  This is a great opportunity to network with other new faculty who might have some of the same questions you have or perhaps have some helpful tidbits to share.

8:00 – 9:30 am, Wells Conference Center Room 3
Register by Sept. 22.

September 30, 2014 – Affinity LunchTHIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED; please join us for lunch in October or November! Come have lunch with peers from other disciplines and departments with similar research interests. You just might identify a new research partner, find a mentor, or perhaps, establish a lasting friendship.

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm, Wells Conference Center Room 2
Register by Sept. 24.

October 2 & 3, 2014Advocates & Allies Development Conference. This 2-day event will prepare male allies to recognize unconscious bias in meetings, searches, evaluations, nominations, and resource allocation.

As a Rising Tide Advocate, you’ll learn to question practices that result in disparate impact due to gender, and to recommend more equitable practices in your department and your college.

Visit the Advocates & Allies page, and save these dates on your calendar to take advantage of a unique professional development opportunity intended to foster a fair and positive campus climate for all faculty, regardless of gender, rank, or discipline. The Advocates Questionnaire, which is available on-line through the link above, is due Sept. 5th!

October 7, 2014 – Promotion and Tenure Workshop. This panel discussion will offer tips on building a comprehensive packet and strategies for identifying “red flags” that might delay or derail your advancement. Our panel includes Jeff Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Irv Kornfield, Professor of Biology and Molecular Forensics, Dan Sandweiss, Professor of Climate Change and Anthropology, and Human Resources Partner John Kidder. Join them as they offer their best advice and answer your questions about promotion and tenure.

2:00 – 4:00 pm, Stodder Hall Room 57
Register by Oct. 3 calling 581-3439 or sending an e-mail to

October 16, 2014 – Dept. Chairs’ & Directors’ Breakfast. The first department chair/directors’ breakfast of the ’14-’15 academic year will focus on Handling Difficult Conversations. Facilitated by Fran Sulinski, Asst. Director of Cooperative Extension.

8:00 – 9:30 am, Memorial Union FFA Room
Register by Oct. 10, please.

October 17, 2014 – A Conversation with Dr. Jeanne Flavin: Achieving Career Success without Sacrificing Family Life.  Join Dr. Flavin for an informal lunch conversation focusing on achieving work-life balance while moving through the ranks of academia. Dr. Flavin authored the award-winning book, Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America (NYU Press, 2009), and more than two dozen other scholarly publications. She serves on the board of directors of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a reproductive justice organization, which defends the rights of pregnant and parenting women, particularly those whose race, poverty, drug use, or mental health makes them vulnerable to arrest and prosecution. Dr. Flavin is the recipient of a 2009 Fulbright research award and the 2013 Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activism Award.
This event is sponsored by the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center in collaboration with the Sociology Department.

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm, Stodder Hall Room 48
Space is limited. Please RSVP today to the Rising Tide Center by calling 581-3439.

October 17, 2014 – Undergraduate Laboratory Renaissance: A research based curriculum that builds and encourages persistence of underrepresented students in the science pipeline. Dr. Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield, Chair of Chemistry and Physics at Simmons College offers insights into creating and maintaining a diverse science pipeline by supporting underrepresented students conducting laboratory research. Sponsored by the Dept. of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Biology and Ecology as part of the Fall 2014 Seminar Series. Light refreshments offered prior to the event.

3:10 pm, Murray Hall 102
Registration not required. This event is free and open to the public.

October 29, 2014 – Affinity Lunch. Dr. Carol Kim, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, will speak about UMaine’s Aging Initiative. Dr. David Neivandt, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and Director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, and Dr. Len Kaye, Professor of Social Work and Director of the Center on Aging will join the conversation to provide an overview of the research incubator model that is the basis of the initiative. This effort seeks to advance successful aging in Maine by maximizing personal productivity and minimizing institutionalization and the need for long-term care. Lunch will be provided, but space is limited.

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm, Memorial Union Totman Room
Register by Oct. 22, please.

November 13, 2014 – Advancing to Full. This popular event will feature a panel of recently promoted faculty and resource personnel ready to share their best advice and strategies for advancing your career in academia. Diverse disciplines will be represented by Nory Jones (Business), John Kidder (Human Resources), David Neivandt (Chemical & Biological Engineering), Liam Riordan (History), and Ann Sossong (Nursing).

2:00 – 4:00 pm, Wells Conference Center Room 3
Register by Nov 9, please.

November 20, 2014 – Breaking the Bias Habit. Learn to recognize implicit biases, hear about the impact of gender biases on women in academia and hear specific, evidence-based strategies that you can use every day to overcome unconscious biases. Workshops facilitated by Molly Carnes, MD, MS and Jennifer Sheridan, PhD of WISELI at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

9:00 – 11:30 am, Wells Conference Center

2:00 – 4:30 pm, Wells Conference Center  (Repeat of the morning workshop)
Please Register for one session by Nov. 17.

November 21, 2014 – New Faculty Breakfast.

8:00 – 9:30 am, Wells Conference Center Room 3
Register by Nov. 17, please.

November 21, 2014 – Affinity Lunch: UMaine’s vision for the Center for One Health and the Environment. Our natural and managed ecosystems are subject to increasing regional and global pressures from climate and ecosystem change, which have serious consequences for public and ecosystem health and the health of the animals and plants that our social and economic systems depend on.  UMaine is well positioned to build a new interdisciplinary focus that addresses the impacts and challenges of this threat to the health of all – from organisms to ecosystems.  Come contribute to the discussion as the collaborators describe their vision for an interdisciplinary center at UMaine that builds on current strengths and addresses emerging issues in animal, plant and human health. Co-investigators participating include Sean Birkel (CCI), Ivan Fernandez (SFR), Anne Lichtenwalner (SFA/Coop Ext), Jasmine Saros (SBE/CCI), Roger Sher (MBS) and Mario Teisl (SOE). Ellie Groden (SBE) will facilitate. Lunch will be provided.

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm, Wells Conference Center Room 3
Register by Nov. 17, please.

December 3, 2014 – Dept. Chairs’ & Directors’ Breakfast. The topic of this event will be workforce management actions such as layoffs, reorganizations and reductions, and how to deal with them.

8:00 – 9:30 am, Wells Conference Center Room 3
Register by Nov. 26 by calling 581-3439 or sending an e-mail to

December 15, 2014 – ADVANCE Professional Grants Proposal Submission Deadline: 4:30 pm

Read about funding categories, eligible projects and application guidelines on the Professional Development Grants page.

SAVE THE DATE! Advancing Women in Academia: May 12, 2015. Join us at the Bangor Hilton Garden Inn for our signature networking event.


Image Description: dept chair training 2012

Image Description: september

Image Description: oct

Image Description: november

Image Description: decem


Rising Tide Site SEARCH

ADVANCE Rising Tide Center Logo
"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1008498. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF)." NSF Logo

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