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In an effort to supplement  departmental mentoring initiatives, the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center launched a targeted mentoring program for new and junior faculty in 2012.  The goal is to tap into the expertise of our long time faculty to support and retain less experienced faculty who could use some help finding success at UMaine.

Targeted mentoring benefits the mentor and the mentee with a small, focused commitment.  Based on their interests and experience, senior faculty identify unique expertise they can share through mentoring.  Junior faculty select topics to gain new knowledge in specific areas of academia such as establishing a research program, preparing competitive grant applications, or establishing a reputation as a scholar.  ADVANCE connects mentors with mentees, and provides resources to sustain the mentoring relationship.

This initiative increases satisfaction across the faculty ranks while ensuring that junior faculty achieve promotion and tenure.

Retaining talented faculty across all ranks is critical to the strategic mission of UMaine.

Departmental Mentoring Plans

Need help developing a faculty mentoring plan for your unit? With direction from UM faculty, ADVANCE has prepared this guide to help with your mentoring efforts.

Photo of Dean Ivan Manev speaking to new UMaine faculty Dean Ivan Manev addresses new UM faculty at the 2014 orientation.


Qualified mentors willing to share their experience with new and junior faculty are always needed. Please call the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center if you can help!

Photo of Susan Gardner and Melissa Maginnis discussing implicit bias at the 2016 event ADVANCING Women in Academia

Active listening is a critical mentoring skill.

Who makes a good mentor? Use this checklist to see if you can help. (PDF)

Then follow the links below to read more about popular mentoring topics and the rewards of guiding junior faculty to success.


Review the Targeted Subject Index and the program overview to see if a mentor could advance your professional development.  Follow the links to read more about this initiative, which is open to all faculty, regardless of rank, gender or discipline.

Mentoring Program Overview for Mentees (PDF)


Mentoring Application 2016-2017

GOT QUESTIONS? Call the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center for more information.


The EXCELLENCE IN FACULTY MENTORING Award honors a UMaine faculty member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to faculty mentoring through actively assisting non-tenured, tenure-track faculty in developing their careers by offering advice and guidance that reflects a deep understanding of their department, their college, or the institution. The award is meant to recognize the process by which faculty serve as role models, promoting the professional development of their colleagues, and creating supportive, positive working environments.

Our initial awardee, Dr. Sandra Sigmon, was honored at the 2014 Faculty Recognition Luncheon. Our 2015 Outstanding Faculty Mentor is Becky Van Beneden.  Dr. Carol Kim was recognized for her dedicated faculty mentoring efforts in 2016. Many thanks to these outstanding faculty for sharing their time and their expertise with junior colleagues!

To read more, visit our Faculty Mentoring Awards page.


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