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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 National Science Foundation.

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 our partners.


SAVE THE DATE: August 11 2016. Join fellow academic leaders for the annual Dept. Chairs and Directors' Professional Development Day. This popular event allows aspiring and incoming administrators to mine the valuable expertise of their experienced UM colleagues. Register Now!

FACULTY SUPPORT: Welcoming new faculty this summer? MAINE CAREER CONNECT can make their transition easier! Use this link to learn about MCC services, which range from partner employment assistance to connecting with social organizations and community resources.

MENTORING MUST: Mentoring new and junior faculty is a practical, proven and cost effective retention strategy. Don't get caught up in the Recruit-Hire-Train-Repeat cycle! Visit our MENTORING RESOURCES page for information and inspiration as you seek to support and retain your faculty.

Honoring Excellence

The Rising Tide Center is pleased to recognize three of UMaine's most inspiring women faculty in 2016.

Rebecca Van Beneden
Career Recognition Award

Adrienne White
Career Recognition Award

Carol Kim
Excellence In Faculty Mentoring

Congratulations to these outstanding role models.

Click the names above to view brief videos featuring the awardees and their nominators.

Rising Tide Advocates & Allies

Advocates and Allies support ADVANCE initiatives because they recognize that an equitable climate is good for everyone.

The first step to improving our climate is recognizing that we all have biases. Take the implicit association test linked here to gain insight into the subtle notions that may be affecting your actions.

Identifying appropriate bias literacy resources can be difficult, particularly when the goal is workplace education. Our resources include group and individual strategies geared toward understanding and eliminating unconscious biases. Explore these tools and consider how your research group, your department or your college could benefit from a focused equity movement.

Many thanks to our 2016 Advocates & Allies. We look forward to continuing our collaboration!

ADVANCE Rising Tide Center
5728 Fernald Hall, Room 102
Orono, Maine 04469-5728
Phone: 207-581-3439
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469