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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 for each other, promoting the professional development of others, and creating supportive, positive working environments.

Our initial awardee, Dr. Sandra Sigmon, was honored with a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 cash prize presented at the 2014 Faculty Recognition Luncheon. Our 2015 Outstanding Faculty Mentor is Becky Van Beneden.

Visit our Faculty Mentoring Awards page for more information, to review eligibility criteria, or to submit an on-line nomination. 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 Fall 2012.  The goal is to tap into the expertise of our long time faculty to support and retain new,  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 that could be shared through mentoring.  Junior faculty select from a list of potential mentors who have  identified advanced skills in specific areas of academia such as establishing a research program, preparing competitive grant applications, or establishing a reputation as a scholar, for example.  ADVANCE connects mentors with 1 or 2 mentees, and provide resources that sustain the mentoring relationship.

Mentoring will continue  for one semester or one academic year,  or may evolve into an enduring partnership.  The objective is to increase satisfaction across the faculty ranks while ensuring that junior faculty succeed in their efforts to be promoted or achieve tenure.  Retaining talented faculty across all ranks is critical to the strategic mission of UMaine.


We are still seeking qualified mentors willing to share their experience with new and junior faculty during the 2014-2015 academic year. 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 how to apply.

Mentor Recruitment Flyer (PDF)

Mentoring Application (PDF) You may be unable to save data typed into this form. Please print the completed form before exiting the application.

Sample Biosketch (PDF)


Review the Targeted Subject Index and the program overview to see if our mentors can support your professional development in the 2013-2014 academic year.  Follow the links to read more about this initiative, or to access the 2013-2014 application materials. Submit your application soon to realize immediate benefits.

Mentoring Program Overview for Mentees (PDF)

Apply for a Mentor (PDF) You may be unable to save data typed into this form. Please print the completed form before exiting the application.

Select your mentor using this link:  FIND YOUR MENTOR TARGETED SUBJECT INDEX

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




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