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In 2014 and 2015 the Rising Tide Center solicited nominations for the EXCELLENCE IN FACULTY MENTORING Award. This 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. 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.

Nominations for the 2016 Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award will be solicited in early 2016. Check back here for the announcement, and updated nomination guidelines.


Need help developing a faculty mentoring plan for your department or unit? With direction from your faculty colleagues, ADVANCE has prepared a sample mentoring guide to serve as a resource to all departments. The guide is now available, but we also welcome your questions about mentoring or developing your mentoring plan. Call the ADVANCE office for more information.


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 a bit of help integrating into academia or finding success at UMaine.

Targeted mentoring is designed to benefit the mentor and the mentee with a small, focused commitment.  Based on their interests and experience, senior faculty identify their unique expertise to be shared 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.

Mentoring may continue for one semester or one academic year,  but ideally, the relationship will evolve into an enduring partnership.  The objective is to increase 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.


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

Follow the links below to read more about potential mentoring topics, the rewards of the program, or the application process.

Mentor Recruitment Flyer (PDF)


Review the Targeted Subject Index and the program overview to see if our mentors can support your professional development.  Follow the links to read more about this initiative, which is open to all faculty, regardless of gender or discipline.

Mentoring Program Overview for Mentees (PDF)


QUESTIONS? Call the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center for more information, or e-mail your inquiries to:




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