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.
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.
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.
FUNDING OPPS: The ADVANCE Professional Development Grants Competition is now open. Click the link to learn more - the first deadline is DEC. 11!
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.
GOT EQUITY? Peer committees often struggle with interpretation of departmental guidelines when tasked with evaluating their colleagues. Share this training video, produced by the Provost, to help your colleagues find consensus and evaluate all faculty fairly.
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!
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!