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Professional Development - Leadership Training

The NSF ADVANCE program supports dissemination of research-based “best practices” to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty, with a primary goal of institutional transformation. Grantees are encouraged to tailor best practices to their institution, incorporate them into established procedure, and disseminate consistent information about those processes through training programs.

Transforming UMaine

Training is critical in improving policies and procedures that directly impact faculty satisfaction and retention. With support from the Provost and other campus partners, new and enhanced training modules have been developed and shared with the University community.  Administrative support for ADVANCE initiatives is vital in sustaining transformation. With leadership from our campus administrators, Rising Tide initiatives continue to have a positive impact.

Targeted Training for Varied Stakeholders

The Rising Tide Center has expanded voluntary training for department chairs and other academic leaders. Supplementing this enhanced training is an online handbook, available on the Provost’s website, that provides guidance and forms required to administer university policies.  The annual development day for chairs and directors is always well attended, and has been recognized as a valuable campus resource.

In collaboration with the Provost, the Rising Tide Center developed and launched a training module for peer committees, the departmental entities that conduct annual faculty evaluations and promotion and tenure proceedings. The goal is to ensure that peer committees consistently employ best practices. View the peer committee training video narrated by UMaine’s Provost, here.

Search committee training has also been enhanced to further assist faculty in conducting equitable, diversity-oriented searches; efforts include compilation of a Faculty Recruitment Handbook, developed in partnership with the offices of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity. Additional search committee resources are available on our Diversity Strategies and Faculty Recruitment page.

At the 2015 ADVANCE networking conference, Mary Mahoney-O’Neil, Associate Dean for Academic Services in the College of Education and Human Development, talks about her experience attending the HERS Institute, one of many professional development activities eligible for 
Rising Tide grant funding.


Image Description: Portraint of attendee at Rising Tide event 2016

Image Description: Photo of Dept. Chair Prof Development workshop 2012, in color

Image Description: Dr. Maryellen Mahoney-O'Neill portrait

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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