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About Us - Rising Tide Center Personnel

A message from our Provost

UMaine Provost, Dr. Jeff Hecker color photoThe Advance Rising Tide initiative, which was intended to enhance the retention and advancement of women faculty in STEM and Social-Behavioral sciences at UMaine, has fostered a supportive climate beneficial to the broader campus community. The University of Maine embraced diversity initiatives implemented under the auspices of the ADVANCE project, and now seeks to sustain the success of the project in partnership with the Rising Tide Center. While the Center’s name has changed, our mutual goals remain the same: furthering gender equality at the University of Maine.

Rising Tide Personnel 

Shannon McCoy
Interim Director

The Director provides day-to-day leadership for the programs focusing on advancing gender equity in academia, and enhancing the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty in all disciplines at the University of Maine. To achieve this mission, the Director  collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to address issues that have been identified as barriers for women and coordinates activities with advisory committees and the Provost. The Director reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Jeff Hecker.
Contact the Director:

Joan Perkins 
Communications Specialist

The Communications Specialist supports Rising Tide initiatives by developing program materials, including informational flyers, guidelines and announcements, and assisting withreporting duties.  In addition, the Communications Specialist manages and maintains the Rising Tide website and works with the Director to disseminate research findings and to share Rising Tide products, such as training and professional development workshops. Our Communications Specialist works under the supervision of the Director.
Contact our Communications specialist:

Laurie Cartier
Administrative Specialist

The Administrative Specialist plays a critical role at the Rising Tide Center as she provides support to the Director, the advisory committee (PCAWF), and the Communications Specialist. As our contact person, Laurie stands ready to assist members of the University community seeking information or assistance in addition to scheduling and coordinating Rising Tide activities and managing day to day operations in the Rising Tide Center.



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