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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.


LAST CHANCE: Submit your Professional Development Grants proposals and Career Recognition Award nominations by 4:30, JAN 22.

FEB. FACULTY FORUM: The Provost and faculty from the Rising Tide Center will report on the status of women faculty at UMaine on Feb. 1. Find background information, including a salary study, on the Provost's website, and join us in the Bangor Room at 3 pm on February 1.

ENSURING INNOVATION: According to NSF, diversity is the key to innovation. Check out these resources to find strategies for diversifying your search, and to learn about best practices in recruiting, interviewing and hiring faculty.

GOT EQUITY? Peer committees often struggle with interpreting departmental guidelines for evaluating their colleagues. Share this training video, produced by the Provost, to help your colleagues evaluate all faculty fairly.

Faculty Connection

Meet Kim Huguenard, Assistant Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering

One way of achieving ADVANCE goals is to give our new faculty a spirited Black Bear welcome that demonstrates the depth of resources and support available within our campus community, and the level of collegiality among our faculty and staff.

New faculty Kim Huguenard, a member of the Maine EPSCoR SEANET team, quickly discovered the spirit of UMaine. Get to know Kim by checking out this brief Q & A session, and don't forget to stop by Boardman Hall to say hello!

Rising Tide Advocates & Allies

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

Achieving mutual goals will improve the academic environment and enhance 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 view this 1-hour training developed at Facebook to help employees work together more effectively by recognizing and managing bias.

Find additional equity resources on the Advocates & Allies page, and join us in supporting UMaine diversity goals!

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