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Retaining talented faculty across all ranks and in all departments is critical to the strategic mission of UMaine.


In an effort to supplement  departmental mentoring initiatives, the Rising Tide Center seeks to tap into the expertise of our long time faculty to support and retain less experienced faculty who could use some help finding success at UMaine.

Targeted mentoring benefits the mentor and the mentee with a small, focused commitment.  Based on their interests and experience, senior faculty identify unique expertise they can share through mentoring.  Junior colleagues select topics to gain new knowledge in specific 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 with mentees, to facilitate establishment of valuable mentoring relationships.

New and junior faculty – check out our topical index, and request a mentor online here.

Associate professors seeking promotion to full can also request a mentor, and now, senior faculty can connect with an administrator who can support a transition to academic leadership.

Departmental Mentoring Plans

Need help developing a faculty mentoring plan for your unit? With direction from UM faculty, the Rising Tide Center has prepared this guide to help with your mentoring efforts.

Dean Ivan Manev addresses new UM faculty at the 2014 orientation.


Who makes a good mentor? Use this checklist to see if you can help. (PDF)

Qualified mentors willing to share their experience with new and junior faculty, and with those seeking to move into administrative leadership roles are always needed. Please call the Rising Tide Center if you can help, or sign up as a mentor online or join us on Sept. 26 or 27 to learn more about this program.   


Check out the Subject Index and the program overview to see if a mentor could advance your professional development.  This program is open to all faculty, regardless of rank, gender or discipline.

Mentoring Program Overview for Mentees (PDF)


GOT QUESTIONS? Call the Rising Tide Center – we welcome your inquiries!


The EXCELLENCE IN FACULTY MENTORING Award honors a UMaine faculty member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to faculty mentoring through actively assisting non-tenured, tenure-track faculty in developing their careers by offering advice and guidance that reflects a deep understanding of their department, their college, or the institution. The award is meant to recognize the process by which faculty serve as role models, promoting the professional development of their colleagues, and creating supportive, positive working environments.

Our initial awardee (2014), is Dr. Sandra Sigmon. The 2015 Outstanding Faculty Mentor is Becky Van Beneden, and in 2016  Dr. Carol Kim was recognized for her dedicated faculty mentoring efforts.  Ellie Groden was honored for excellence in faculty mentoring in 2017. Many thanks to these outstanding faculty for sharing their time and their expertise with junior colleagues!

To read more, or to view a video featuring UMaine’s Outstanding Mentors for 2016 and 2017, visit our Faculty Mentoring Awards page.



Image Description: Photo of Dean Ivan Manev speaking to new UMaine faculty

Image Description: Photo of Susan Gardner and Melissa Maginnis discussing implicit bias at the 2016 event ADVANCING Women in Academia


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