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Personnel and Partners - Rising Tide Center Staff

Shannon McCoy
Interim Director

The Director provides day-to-day leadership for the programs focusing on advancing gender equity in academia, and enhancing the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty in all disciplines at the University of Maine. To achieve this mission, the Director  collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to address issues that have been identified as barriers for women and coordinates activities with advisory committees and the Provost. The Director reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Jeff Hecker.
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Joan Perkins Communications Specialist

The Communications Specialist supports Rising Tide initiatives by developing program materials, including informational flyers, guidelines and announcements, and assisting withreporting duties.  In addition, the Communications Specialist manages and maintains the Rising Tide website and works with the Director to disseminate research findings and to share Rising Tide products, such as training and professional development workshops. Our Communications Specialist works under the supervision of the Director.
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Laurie Cartier
Administrative Specialist

The Administrative Specialist plays a critical role at the Rising Tide Center as she provides support to the Director, the advisory committee (PCAWF), and the Communications Specialist. As our contact person, Laurie stands ready to assist members of the University community seeking information or assistance in addition to scheduling and coordinating Rising Tide activities and managing day to day operations in the Rising Tide Center.

Maine Career Connect offers important transitional services to faculty candidates, and to new faculty at the University of Maine. Director Carin Sychterz is available to help candidates make those important decisions by providing information about the UMaine campus and the greater Bangor area community. She can answer those questions that candidates hesitate to ask a potential employer, and all services offered are confidential!

Once committed to UMaine, MCC can help new faculty and their families transition, and settle in comfortably. In addition, MCC offers support for trailing partners seeking professional employment in our area.

Visit Maine Career Connect online (, or call Carin at 207.949.7070 to arrange a meeting with your faculty candidates and newly hired faculty.

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