Studies show that women’s representation and advancement in academic STEM positions are affected by external factors that are unrelated to their ability, interest, and technical skills, such as:

  • Organizational constraints of academic institutions;
  • Differential effects of work and family demands;
  • Implicit and explicit bias; and
  • Underrepresentation of women in academic leadership and decision making positions.

The Office of Institutional Research tracks demographics that describe student and faculty populations at UMaine, and continues to provide information in support of Rising Tide research. This data, which reflected the inequities at the heart of UMaine’s NSF ADVANCE proposal, includes numbers of tenured and tenure-eligible faculty by gender and rank, promotion and tenure review outcomes, years in rank as associate professor, and retention statistics.

View our faculty snapshots:

2008 • 2009 2009 • 2010 2010 • 2011
2011 • 2012 2012 • 2013 2013 • 2014
2014 • 2015 2015 • 2016 2016 • 2017

UMaine faculty have also used this data in analyzing the impact of Rising Tide initiatives and to expand the knowledge and literature base relative to women faculty in STEM/SBS, and other academic disciplines. Rising Tide initiatives have connected researchers in higher education, psychology, sociology, business, and women’s studies to create a multi-faceted understanding of the contexts and cultures that facilitate or impede the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty at UMaine.

Check out Rising Tide research findings.

Comparative Study of Gender Differences in Perceptions of Faculty Work-Life 2011 & 2015 (PDF)

Job Satisfaction Survey of Faculty in the Sciences 2013 (PDF)

NSF ADVANCE Social Science Study (PDF)

Report on Departmental Climate in the Sciences at the University of Maine (PDF)

Report on the Experiences in the Process of Promotion to Full Professor (PDF)

Survey of Faculty Job Satisfaction in STEM/SBS 2011 (PDF)

View this comprehensive list of ADVANCE related research at UMaine.

Rising Tide Researchers Publication List (PDF)

Other Relevant Studies: 

Internal Salary Equity Study for U Maine for the Academic Year 2011-2012 (PDF)

                                                Findings from Rising Tide research by Amy Blackstone and Susan Gardner are featured in this 2014 book.