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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 was 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.  The Rising Tide Center seeks to connect mentors with mentees, to facilitate establishment of mentoring relationships.

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, the Rising Tide Center 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)

Read on to learn about popular mentoring topics and the many rewards of guiding junior faculty to success.


Check out the Subject Index and the program overview to see if a mentor could advance your professional development.  This program is open to all faculty, regardless of rank, gender or discipline.

Mentoring Program Overview for Mentees (PDF)


GOT QUESTIONS? Call the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center – we welcome your inquiries!


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 (2014), is Dr. Sandra Sigmon. The 2015 Outstanding Faculty Mentor is Becky Van Beneden, and in 2016  Dr. Carol Kim was recognized for her dedicated faculty mentoring efforts. Many thanks to these outstanding faculty for sharing their time and their expertise with junior colleagues!

To read more, or to view a video featuring UMaine’s Outstanding Mentor for 2016, visit our Faculty Mentoring Awards page.

Nominations for the 2017 EXCELLENCE IN FACULTY MENTORING AWARD are being accepted through MARCH 31, 2017. 

Submit nominations for the 2017 award online here, or using the link at the top of this page. 


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