Rising Tide Center Personnel

A message from the Provost

UMaine Provost, Dr. Jeff Hecker color photo
Dr. Jeff Hecker

The 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.

Meet our Staff 

Susan K. Gardner, Ph.D.

The Director provides day-to-day leadership for the programs focusing on advancing gender equity in academia, and creating a supportive and inclusive climate at the University of Maine. To achieve this mission, the Director collaborates across disciplines to address issues that have been identified as barriers to faculty retention and success. The Director reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Jeff Hecker.
Contact the Director: susan.k.gardner@maine.edu

Joan Perkins 
Communications Specialist

The Communications Specialist supports Rising Tide initiatives by developing program materials, including informational flyers, guidelines and announcements, coordinating events and awards, and managing the Center’s digital presence.  In addition, Joan works with the Director to disseminate research findings and to share Rising Tide products, such as training and professional development workshops and other relevant resources. Our Communications Specialist works under the supervision of the Director.
Contact our Communications Specialist: joan.perkins@maine.edu

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.
Contact our Administrative Specialist: laurie.cartier@maine.edu