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Professional Development

Key to meeting the objectives of the University of Maine’s ADVANCE project, and broader NSF diversity goals, is facilitating the professional development of women faculty.  Initiatives include mentoring, training, topical workshops and presentations, time management offerings, and grant funding that supports research, the formation of new collaborations, and professional skill development.

The President Susan J. Hunter Fund, an endowment established to honor UMaine’s first woman president, will provide funding for professional development, with preference given to women and underrepresented minority faculty.

I am particularly proud to be named as the University’s first woman president, and I feel strongly about supporting the ideals that this fund will advance.

     Dr. Susan J. Hunter 


Use the links above to read more about specific funding-eligible opportunities and consider attending our annual conference, ADVANCING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA, where leaders from across Maine gather to network and discuss relevant topics!

Dr. Julie Millard, Professor of Life Sciences at Colby College, joined the leadership development panel at the 2015 ADVANCE networking conference. She teaches chemistry at Colby College, and authored a textbook for non-chemistry majors titled  ADVENTURES IN CHEMISTRY.





Image Description: Dr. Susan J. Hunter portrait

Image Description: Dr. Julie Millard of Colby College portrait


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