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ADVANCE Rising Tide Center

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

Targeted Initiatives yield Community Benefits

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. Jeff Hecker, ADVANCE Principal Investigator and UMaine's Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

A Word from our Director, Dr. Shannon McCoy
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.”

Read more from Dr. McCoy, social Pyschologist, and Interim Director of the Rising Tide Center.

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STRIDE: We know that diversity drives innovation, but attracting a diverse faculty candidate pool can be tough. View a video of the Sept. 27 STRIDE workshop, facilitated by ADVANCE colleagues from Northeastern University, to hear about best practices in faculty recruitment and evaluation. And check our Diversity Strategies Resources page for other relevant information.

FACULTY SUPPORT: Welcoming new faculty this fall? MAINE CAREER CONNECT can make their transition easier! Use this video link to learn more about MCC services, which range from partner employment assistance to finding housing, social groups and other community resources!

GOT FAIRNESS? As peer committees gather this fall, make sure members use best practices. Make sure your committee views this video, developed by the Provost, to ensure fair and consistent evaluation!

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 then 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!

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Contact Information

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