Rising Tide Center Partners and Affiliates
UMaine and UMS Partners
Provost’s Council on Advancing Women Faculty (PCAWF): The Advance Initiatives Council, or AIC, was formed in March 2009 to serve as the internal advisory committee for the ADVANCE project at UMaine. This group was invaluable in focusing the efforts of the Rising Tide Center, particularly by supporting discussion of broader issues that affect the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty in all disciplines at UMaine.
The AIC evolved into the Provost’s Council on the Advancement of Women Faculty (PCAWF) in the fall of 2016, and now fulfills an advisory role to the Provost as he seeks to enhance diversity by fostering a supportive and equitable climate at UMaine.
Rising Tide Advocates & Allies: Male faculty are critical to fostering gender equity in academia, including at UMaine where the Rising Tide advocates and allies understand that everyone has a role to play in advancing gender equity. These partners recognize and respond to unconscious biases that negatively impact diversity and retention. As individuals, the Advocates and Allies stand ready to question practices that result in disparate impact due to gender, and to recommend equitable practices that will foster a fair and positive climate for all.
Rising Tide Professors: Representatives from UMaine’s colleges will serve as ambassadors to the Rising Tide Center to support achievement of gender equity goals within their academic units. Rising Tide professors are appointed based on review of competitive proposals for transformative initiatives within their college, and will serve on the internal advisory board for the Rising Tide Center during the proposed project period.
Maine EPSCoR: Networking opportunities have been shown to increase collaboration and to decrease isolation while facilitating scholarly productivity, a key criterion for professional advancement. The annual networking conference for faculty from higher education institutions across Maine facilitates collaboration in research and teaching, reduces professional isolation, and provides an opportunity for professional development. Maine EPSCoR has been a dedicated supporter of Rising Tide initiatives, particularly our signature annual event, Advancing Women in Academia.
WiSTEMM: This collaborative group works to enhance diversity by giving voice to women in STEM and medical-related disciplines at UMaine. All members of the UMaine community are invited to participate with WiSTEMM as members work to foster a supportive climate for all.
Rising Tide Affiliates
Maine Career Connect
Research has shown that a lack of professional employment opportunities for trailing partners negatively impacts faculty recruitment and retention. With NSF funding, the Rising Tide Center established a consortium of employers committed to recruiting and retaining employee talent in eastern and central Maine. Maine Career Connect staff work with employers and potential employees throughout the interview process, meet with candidates’ families to mitigate concerns regarding a move to Maine, and assist newly relocated professionals by offering a range of career support services.