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About Us - Project Personnel

 Jeff Hecker
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
ADVANCE Principal Investigator

 As the Principal Investigator, the Provost provides leadership to the ADVANCE project while advocating for ADVANCE goals at every level of the University community and the University of Maine System.

 Amy Fried                                      
r of Political Science
Co-PI and
ADVANCE Policy Advocate
The ADVANCE Policy Advocate Efforts will lead efforts with UMaine and the UMS to formalize, expand, and implement work-life balance policies.


Susan K. Gardner
Associate Professor of Higher Education
Co-PI, and Director of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center

Eleanor Groden
Professor of Entomology
Chair, Grants Committee

Grants may fund visiting scholars, travel for covered faculty to conduct collaborative research, travel to UMaine from other UMS campuses, writing groups, release time for professional development, equipment and summer salary to develop initial data to support future research, consultant fees for departmental climate activities, institutional transformation studies, administrative internships, and other  efforts supporting ADVANCE goals.


Karen J. Horton                 
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology
Peer Trainer
Karen works proactively with departments that require additional assistance in establishing positive environments for women faculty. Current initiatives include development of a student professionalism in the classroom program piloted in the School of Forest Resources and the College of Engineering.

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Contact Information

ADVANCE Rising Tide Center
5703 Alumni Hall, Room 229
Orono, Maine 04469-5703
Phone: 207-581-3439 | Fax: 207-581-3450E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469