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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 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.


ADVANCING Women in Academia: 4th Annual Networking Conference is slated for Tuesday May 12, 2015. This event will feature a keynote speech by Annie Houle, founding partner of The Wage Project, and a number workshops and discussions offering perspectives on topics such as mentoring, grantsmanship, and developing strategies for achieving work-life balance. Visit our EVENTS page to view the agenda or register on-line, and please invite your colleagues!

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.

DEPT. CHAIRS' and DIRECTORS' DEVELOPMENT DAY: This popular annual event is slated for August 5, 2015 - mark your calendars now, and be ready for the new semester.

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.

Join us on May 9 at the Faculty Recognition Ceremony when the Outstanding Faculty Mentor for 2015 will be announced. Read about our 2014 Outstanding Mentor below, and attend on May 9 to be inspired!

Meet Sandra Sigmon, Professor of Psychology and University of Maine Outstanding Faculty Mentor for 2013-2014.

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!

Join a small group discussion with some of the RISING TIDE ADVOCATES & ALLIES at our MAY 12 NETWORKING CONFERENCE.

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