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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.


FOSTERING FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AT UM: Recognizing that faculty development promotes excellence, the Susan J. Hunter Endowment Fund honors UMaine's first woman president while supporting professional development opportunities for women, minority, and other faculty. Learn more on the University of Maine Foundation website.

ADVANCING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA: Missed our annual networking conference? Find links to streaming videos of the keynote speech and the Wage Equity workshop presented by Annie Houle, and the grantsmanship panel on our RESOURCES page.

#ILookLikeAnEngineer: Negative reaction to a recruitment campaign featuring a female software engineer has highlighted the persistence of professional stereotypes. Read the USA Today story of the little hashtag that is making a big difference.

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.

Meet Rebecca Van Beneden, the University of Maine's Outstanding Faculty Mentor for 2014-2015.

Thanks Becky, for your commitment to faculty excellence!

Rising Tide Advocates & Allies

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

Achieving mutually beneficial 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.

Visit the Advocates & Allies page to learn more and to access additional equity resources. We all have a role in achieving University of Maine diversity goals!

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