The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded USM a grant worth over $150,000 for the Southern Maine ADVANCE IT Catalyst project. Dr. Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, Associate Vice President for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity; Professor of Environmental Science, and principal investigator for the grant, hopes these funds "will help us build a more diverse faculty that can serve our non-traditional and female students."
The grant will fund 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. It will allow for the development of policies that will improve recruitment and advancement of female professors in the STEM and social science fields.
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.
CSTH Dean and Professor of Technology Dr. Andrew Anderson, Dr. Joyce Gibson, Dean of Lewiston/Auburn College, and Dr. Dahlia Lynn, Associate Provost and Muskie School Professor, are co-PIs on the grant.