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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 website of the Rising Tide Center at the University of Maine! Our work at the Rising Tide Center is guided by the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Taking a systemic view of our organization, and informed by a rigorous program of data collection and analysis, we seek to enhance our campus community by supporting policies and practices that promote a positive working climate for all UMaine faculty.

Read a message from Dr. Shannon McCoy, Associate Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.

ADVANCE Hot Spot

STRIDE: We all know that diversity drives innovation. But how do we attract a diverse faculty candidate pool and evaluate those candidates fairly? Join colleagues from Northeastern University on Sept. 27 to hear about best practices in faculty recruitment, hiring and evaluation. Find more information or register for this workshop on our EVENTS page.

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

MENTORING MUST: Mentoring new and junior faculty is a proven retention strategy. Don't get caught in the Recruit-Hire-Train-Repeat cycle! Visit our MENTORING RESOURCES page to find information that you can use to support and retain your faculty!

Faculty Spotlight

Say hello to Danielle Levesque, Assistant Professor of Mammalogy and Mammalian Health.

Danielle joined the School of Biology & Ecology in December 2015 with a joint appointment in the Climate Change Institute. As a member of the research team at the interdisciplinary Center for One Health & the Environment, her work will focus on the impacts of environmental change on animal health and adaptation.

As she establishes her research agenda, Danielle is looking for motivated students and innovative collaborators. Read some of Danielle's perspectives on a variety of topics here, and try stop by Hitchner Hall to offer a UMaine welcome!

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
E-mail: risingtide@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1865