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Diversity is not the objective. It is a means to facilitate our achieving the critical objective: innovation.     The National Science Foundation

“The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.”

The ADVANCE Rising Tide Center

UMaine’s Rising Tide effort includes four key goals:

The ADVANCE Rising Tide Center supports strategic initiatives at UMaine and across the University of Maine System that will embed transformation in a focused, sustainable institutional regime to create “a rising tide that will lift all boats.”

Faculty Opportunities

With a $3.2 million, five-year NSF ADVANCE grant, UMaine has established the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center, which in collaboration with our partners will implement faculty support initiatives to achieve its goals:

Women in STEM and SBS at the University of Maine

Prior to initiation of the ADVANCE project at the University of Maine, tenure track women comprised 10% of faculty members in engineering, the physical sciences, mathematics and computer science, compared with 16% nationally, and 23% of the social and behavioral sciences compared with 39% nationally. The numbers in biology (30%) compared favorably with national statistics (30%).   Source: NSF (2008)

Read more below about the need for diversifying the faculty at UMaine, and the methods deployed to support the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty across the UM System.


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Contact Information

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