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Rising Tide Center Staff - Project Investigator and Co-Investigators

The History of ADVANCE Rising Tide at UMaine

While NSF funding for the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center terminated on October 1, 2016, UMaine’s commitment to advancing women faculty and creating an inclusive campus climate remains strong.

In recognition of the success of ADVANCE initiatives implemented at UMaine, the Provost now provides financial support for the Rising Tide Center. Dr. Hecker will continue in a leadership role, overseeing the Center, and serving as the chair of internal advisory committee.

Although the Rising Tide Center continues to evolve, as evidenced by changes in the name and the location of our center, our dedication to creating gender equity at UMaine persists.

This webpage is made available in an effort to recognize the efforts of ADVANCE project investigators who thoughtfully informed UMaine’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty by creating a supportive climate.

UMaine Provost, Dr. Jeff Hecker color photoJeff Hecker
ADVANCE Principal Investigator
As the Principal Investigator, the Provost provides leadership to the project while advocating for ADVANCE goals at every level of our campus community and across the University of Maine System.

Amy Fried                               Amy Fried portrait
r and Chair of Political Science
Co-PI and
ADVANCE Policy Advocate
As the ADVANCE Policy Advocate, Amy has been leading efforts with Human Resources and the UMaine System to formalize, expand, and implement work-life balance policies. In addition, the policy advocate has spearheaded a collaboration with HR to develop new informational materials that describe the family friendly policies that support faculty recruitment and retention at UMaine.

Dr. Susan Gardner portrait Co-PI and ADVANCE Research Team Leader
Susan directs ADVANCE related research on our campus to ensure that Rising Tide initiatives address the unique issues that affect faculty recruitment, retention and satisfaction at the University of Maine. This research, which has facilitated development of an enhanced understanding of the climate at UMaine, has also resulted in a number of peer-reviewed publications used to disseminate the findings.

Dr. Eleanor Groden portraitEleanor Groden
Professor of Entomology, Co-PI and Chair, Grants & Awards Committee
The ADVANCE Professional Grants Program is designed to provide critical support to UM faculty to facilitate recruitment and retention, particularly of women in academic sciences. Annual grant awards may be used for a variety of purposes including travel for eligible faculty to establish new collaborations or to conduct research, funding to pay for training and professional development opportunities, and money to support the purchase of equipment or in support of summer research programs. To date, the Rising Tide Center has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to UM faculty.

Karen J. Horton                Karen Horton portrait 
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology
Co-PI and ADVANCE Peer Trainer
Karen works proactively with departments that require assistance in creating positive environments for women faculty. Current initiatives include development of a student professionalism in the classroom program, which was piloted in the School of Forest Resources and the College of Engineering.


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