Retaining talented faculty across all ranks is critical to the strategic mission of UMaine.
Targeted mentoring benefits the mentor and the mentee with a small, focused commitment. Based on their interests and experience, senior faculty volunteer to share their unique expertise through mentoring. Junior faculty select mentoring topics to develop skills in specific, targeted areas of academia such as establishing a research program, preparing competitive grant applications, or establishing a reputation as a scholar. The Rising Tide Center works to connect mentors and mentees to facilitate establishment of critical professional relationships.

DEPARTMENTAL MENTORINGDr. Jeff Hecker chatting with Dr. Linda Silka at a Rising Tide event.
Every unit should have a strategic approach to faculty mentoring, but some departments need help developing a faculty mentoring plan. 
These resources will help you develop beneficial initiatives within your department to facilitate effective mentoring relationships for your faculty.

Can you have too many mentors?  
Targeted mentoring is designed to provide big rewards from a small commitment.  The program is open to all faculty, regardless of rank, gender, or discipline. And the Rising Tide Center can even help you find a mentor with leadership experience and skills and a mentor to help you focus on advancing to full professor!

Monthly Mentoring Memos
Targeted Mentoring Topics

Who makes a good mentor? Use this checklist to see if you fit the bill! And then volunteer by calling the Rising Tide Center.

The Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award honors UMaine faculty who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring by offering guidance that reflects a deep understanding of their department, their college, and the institution. We recognize those  faculty serve as role models, promoting the professional development of their peers, and creating inclusive and positive working environments.

To learn more, and to view videos featuring UMaine’s outstanding mentors, visit the Faculty Mentoring Awards page.