University of Maine
ADVANCE Rising Tide Center http://umaine.edu/advancerisingtide/
The ADVANCE Rising Tide Center will support strategic initiatives at UMaine and the University of Maine System that will embed transformation in a focused, sustainable institutional regime to create “a rising tide that will lift all boats.”
Personnel biographies for ADVANCE Rising Tide Center
ADVANCE Rising Tide Center Research Personnel
ADVANCE Rising Tide Center Partners
ADVANCE Rising Tide Center Evaluation Team
The Advancement Initiatives Council was formed in March 2009 and will continue to serve as the internal advisory committee for the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.
The ADVANCE Rising Tide Center homepage
Important dates and events listing
As part of UMaine’s NSFsupported ADVANCE Project, funds will be available to faculty in STEM and social and behavioral science (SBS) fields and to others who directly promote ADVANCE-related efforts aimed at increasing the representation and advancement of women in the academic STEM and SBS careers. Once again we will be accepting proposals in the program areas outlined below.
The Rising Tide Center is pleased to offer a second round of grant awards with funds available to support a variety of research and professional development activities and featuring a new offering for a limited number of applicants this year – the Personalized Leadership Institute.
Prof Dev Grants Awardees for 2011
This award program will provide professional development grants to promote the advancement of women faculty in STEM and SBS units at UMaine.
The Rising Tide Center would like to provide a limited number of candidates the opportunity to pursue extensive leadership training and administrative career development through participation in of a series of training events and activities. Applicants are invited to design a personalized plan that will expand their skills in communication, negotiation and team building, budgeting and finance, strategic planning, and other leadership arenas.
This award program will provide STEM and SBS units at UMaine with the opportunity to establish a climate that fosters the fair and equitable development of the professional careers of all faculty. Priority this year will be given to assisting STEM and SBS units with re-evaluation and subsequent updating of their faculty review procedures.
This award program provides funds for faculty interested in researching these issues at UMaine. Priority will be given to proposals that conduct quantitative and/or qualitative investigations of institutional and unit practices and protocols that contribute to a climate that fosters success for all individuals, regardless of gender.
Rising Tide Grants program Application Form
Rising Tide Professional Development Grants - Progress Report
For more information on Advance program objectives and funded activities, go to "ADVANCE at a Glance" http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/advance/index.jsp
Mentoring programs will be offered to faculty at the assistant and the associate levels. Mentoring will be expanded beyond one individual to a team of mentors, who will participate in a rigorous training program and will be involved with their mentees throughout the academic year in monthly lunches and workshops, on topics such as vita building and promotion strategies. In addition, mentors will gather once per semester to discuss mentoring issues and challenges.
Policies can be critical to faculty attainment of professional goals, and to supporting a healthy work-life balance. Please click here (http://umaine.edu/advancerisingtide/files/2011/04/Policy-Development.pdf) to review Rising Tide policy activities and areas of focus, or for contact information for our ADVANCE Rising Tide Policy Advocate.
Rising Tide policy activities focus on developing new policies and making sure these and existing policies are publicized, implemented, and monitored. By paying close attention to how policies are working, we will improve their effectiveness and seek any additional policies and procedures needed.
Training will be developed by an external consultant based on successful practices at other ADVANCE institutions and implemented by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment and the Rising Tide Center.
Research has shown that women’s representation and advancement in academic STEM positions are affected by many external factors that are unrelated to their ability, interest, and technical skills.
The study described below draws upon research across disciplinary fields including higher education, psychology, sociology, business, and women’s studies. This interdisciplinary approach will lend itself to a more comprehensive and multi-faceted understanding of the contexts and cultures that facilitate or impede the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty at UMaine.
Resources on the ADVANCE Rising Tide website, including NSF indicators of progress, findings of faculty surveys, and links to additional resources.
Addressing Gender Equity: Virginia Valian's outline and bullet points
Equity: What to do right now (One page of bullet points by Virginia Valian)
Principles and actions for chairs and unit heads from Virginia Valian
Principles and actions for deans, provosts, and presidents by Virginia Valian
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