Dr. Kelly Ward, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition and Professor of Higher Education at Washington State University.

A tireless champion for women faculty, Dr. Kelly Ward and her work is widely known in academic circles. Her thoughtful guidance as the initial external evaluator for UMaine’s NSF ADVANCE project helped facilitate the success of Rising Tide initiatives. Dr. Ward will be greatly missed by her colleagues at UMaine, and by those at the many other institutions where she shared her knowledge, her experience, and her expertise.

Welcome to the Rising Tide Center for Gender Equity at the University of Maine!

Our work at the Rising Tide Center is guided by the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” meaning that through our efforts to create more equitable environments, we provide a more supportive place to learn and work for everyone – regardless of gender.

The Rising Tide Center was launched with a $3.3 million grant from the NSF focused on recruiting, retaining and advancing women faculty in the sciences. While the grant has terminated, we continue this work at UMaine and beyond by engaging our community around gender equity issues. Rising Tide research, outreach, and programming efforts support the academic tenets of our partner academic program, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

We invite you to peruse our site, learn more about our programs, and to offer your support for continuing this work in the future.

Dr. Susan K. Gardner, Director

Building an Inclusive Community