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Diversity is not the objective. It is a means to facilitate our achieving the critical objective: innovation.      National Science Foundation

Evolution of the Rising Tide Center

The Rising Tide Center was established with support from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program to create an equitable environment for faculty with a “rising tide that lifts all boats.” The data-driven methods used to implement and sustain positive change at UMaine included offering professional development opportunities for faculty, encouraging development and utilization of family-friendly policies, establishment of a dual-career support system to attract and retain faculty talent, development of a targeted mentoring program, and mandating best-practices training for administrators and search and peer committee members. Learn more about ADVANCE at UMaine by reviewing the NSF project summary.

In recognition of the success of ADVANCE initiatives implemented at UMaine, the Provost now provides financial support for the Rising Tide Center. Dr. Hecker will continue in a leadership role, overseeing the Center, and serving as the chair of internal advisory committee (PCAWF).

Although the Rising Tide Center continues to evolve, as evidenced by changes in the name and the location of our center, our dedication to creating gender equity at UMaine remains strong.

The personnel roster below is made available in recognition of the ADVANCE project investigators who thoughtfully informed UMaine’s efforts to diversify the faculty by creating a supportive and equitable climate.

UMaine Provost, Dr. Jeff Hecker color photoJeff Hecker
ADVANCE Principal Investigator
As the Principal Investigator, the Provost provided leadership to the project while advocating for ADVANCE goals at every level of administration on our campus and across the University of Maine System.

Amy Fried                               Amy Fried portrait
r and Chair of Political Science
Co-PI and
ADVANCE Policy Advocate
As the ADVANCE Policy Advocate, Amy collaborated with HR and the UM System to formalize, expand, and implement work-life balance policies that support faculty recruitment and retention.

Dr. Susan Gardner portrait

Susan Gardner
Co-PI and ADVANCE Research Team Leader
Susan directed ADVANCE related research to ensure that program initiatives addressed the unique issues affecting faculty recruitment, retention and satisfaction at UMaine. This research enhanced understanding of the climate at UMaine and yielded numerous peer-reviewed publications used to disseminate project findings.

Dr. Eleanor Groden portraitEleanor Groden
Professor of Entomology, Co-PI and Chair, Grants & Awards Committees

The ADVANCE Professional Grants program facilitated retention by providing financial support to junior faculty, with more than $300,000 in grant awards. Ellie also motivated establishment of the Career Recognition awards to acknowledge the significant achievements of women faculty at UMaine.

Karen J. Horton                Karen Horton portrait 
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology
Co-PI and ADVANCE Peer Trainer
Karen worked proactively to create positive environments for women faculty, and spearheaded development of a student professionalism in the classroom program, which was piloted successfully at UMaine.

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