Women ADVANCE at USM Initiative

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded USM a grant worth over $150,000 to fund the Southern Maine ADVANCE IT Catalyst project.

This grant funds a study to determine how USM can better recruit, retain and advance female faculty members in the sciences, technology, engineering and math fields, as well as in the social and behavioral sciences.  The study will identify best practices at similar institutions, and will fund an analysis of workload trends and the characteristics of a campus culture that tend to retain female faculty in those disciplines.

The goal is to help build a faculty that can serve as role models to women students, especially older women with families and women veterans, and improve the university's efforts to recruit and retain more women students in these disciplines.

News & Events

Dr. Cathy Trower, Senior Research Associate and Research Director for the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will be visiting USM on Thursday, September 26.
A female astronomer, an opera singer, and a teen foreign-language learner cooped up in a small New York apartment search for words – to express their yearnings, frustrations and, ultimately, their love. When the pressure gets too high, they explode. What bonds hold us together as lovers, family, and friends? Humans have always looked for answers in the Night Sky!
Save the date, May 14, 2013, for ADVANCING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA, the second annual networking conference featuring activities of interest to women faculty in STEM and SBS fields from colleges and universities across Maine hosted by UMaine's ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.

What is ADVANCE?

"ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education and the broader  science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community, including professional societies and other STEM related, not-for-profit organizations, to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators." (ADVANCE Brochure, pg 2)