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Professional Development - Leadership Training

Following the launch of the ADVANCE program in 2001, grantee institutions have worked to develop and disseminate research-based “best practices” to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty.  A primary goal of the institutional transformation process is to tailor best practices to the institution, incorporate them into established procedure, and disseminate consistent information about those processes through training programs.

Transforming UMaine

Training is critical in improving policies and procedures that directly impact faculty satisfaction and retention. With support from the Provost and other ADVANCE partners, new and enhanced training modules have been developed and shared with the University community.  Administrative support for ADVANCE initiatives is vital in sustaining transformation. With leadership from our campus administrators, ADVANCE initiatives continue to have a positive impact.

Targeted Training for Varied Stakeholders

The Rising Tide Center has expanded voluntary training for department chairs and other academic leaders. Supplementing this enhanced training is an online handbook, available on the Provost’s website, that provides guidance and forms required to administer university policies.  The annual development day for chairs and directors is always well attended, and has been recognized as a valuable campus resource.

In collaboration with the Provost, who also serves as the project’s principal investigator, the Rising Tide Center has developed and launched a training module for peer committees, the departmental entities that conduct annual evaluations and promotion and tenure proceedings. The goal is to ensure that peer committees consistently employ best practices. A complementary peer committee training video narrated by the Provost is available here.

Search committee training has been enhanced to further assist faculty in conducting equitable, diversity-oriented searches. Training efforts include compilation of a Faculty Recruitment Handbook, developed in partnership with the offices of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity. Additional search committee resources are available on our Diversity Strategies and Faculty Recruitment page.

ADVANCE also offers training to mentors, who volunteer to support new faculty and associate-level professors seeking advancement.

The ADVANCE Peer Trainer

The ADVANCE Faculty Peer Trainer assists in delivering requested professional development and training to key STEM-SBS departments highlighting research-based best practices.  The focus is on departments with few or no women or with a token representation of women. Additionally, our Peer Trainer launched a professionalism in the classroom initiative which was piloted in the School of Forest Resources and the School of Engineering Technology. This effort is intended to support female faculty who may be intimidated by male dominated classrooms and research environments.

At the 2015 ADVANCE networking conference, Mary Mahoney-O’Neil, Associate Dean for Academic Services in the College of Education and Human Development, talks about her experience attending the HERS Institute, one of many professional development activities eligible for 
ADVANCE grant funding.

Developing Faculty Leadership

In addition to developing and facilitating training on campus for faculty and administrators, ADVANCE offers opportunities for women seeking to progress into academic leadership positions.  Our grants program supports applications from faculty candidates who wish to attend intensive off-campus events sponsored by organizations such as the Simmons School of Management and HERS Institute. Funding leadership development for our women faculty is another method of facilitating faculty success and satisfaction to meet ADVANCE retention goals.

View a list of selected Leadership Development Opportunities that may be eligible for ADVANCE Professional Development Grant funding here.

Image Description: Portraint of attendee at Rising Tide event 2016

Image Description: Photo of Dept. Chair Prof Development workshop 2012, in color

Image Description: Dr. Maryellen Mahoney-O'Neill 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