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ANR leadership thanks Barbara Allen-Diaz

As UC ANR Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz completes her successful 30+ year career with the University of California, we want to thank her for her contributions to the Division. For several years, the Division has been guided by our Strategic Vision, of which she was a key architect. In bringing the Strategic Vision to life, she initiated the ANR Competitive Grants Program to target resources at critical issues where policy-relevant impacts could be achieved. She also led the development of a thorough process, involving significant internal and external review and input, to identify critical Cooperative Extension Advisor and Specialist positions and made the bold decision to aggressively rebuild the Cooperative Extension footprint across the state.

Her leadership, perhaps best described by UC President Janet Napolitano as “decisiveness with charisma,” resulted in numerous advancements for UC ANR including consolidation of many units into one location on Second Street in Davis; increased direct support for CE positions from several stakeholder/commodity groups; development of two institutes – California Institute of Water Resources and Nutrition Policy Institute; designation of three new statewide programs – Master Food Preservers, California Naturalists, and Informatics and GIS Program; hiring of 90+ Cooperative Extension Specialists and Advisors, with 45+ scheduled to be hired in 2015-2016; among many others. 

She has been cited by many UC stakeholder groups as rebuilding the connection to, and relationship with, them and the University of California throughout the state.

While we focus on thanking her for her leadership accomplishments, her scholarly accomplishments should also be noted.  Perhaps best illustrating her academic impacts are recognition by the Society for Range Management with the Frederic G. Renner Award for her career achievements, and her role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change where she led the effort to determine climate change impacts on rangeland – an effort that was part of the team who shared in the Nobel Peace Prize.

Barbara is transitioning to a well-deserved retirement and we want to thank her for her tireless efforts in advancing ANR, Cooperative Extension and the Research and Extension Center System, through education and advocacy with leadership and partners within and outside the UC system to position the Division in its rightful place as a valuable statewide arm of the University.

Bill Frost, Interim Vice President

Tu Tran, Associate Vice President, Business Operations

Lisa Fischer, Associate Director, Research and Extension Center System

Chris Greer, Vice Provost, Cooperative Extension

Jan Corlett, Chief of Staff to the Vice President


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Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM

VP announces 2015 competitive grants program RFP

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the request for proposals for ANR's 2015 competitive grants program is now released and can be found at

The purpose of this grants program is to address high-priority issues identified by at least one of the strategic initiatives: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystems (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (Water).

2015 competitive grants cycle:

Call released: January 22

Application submission cycle

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) due March 16
  • LOI decisions April 24
  • Full proposals due June 22

Technical peer review: late June – early September 2015

Strategic Initiative review and recommendations: September 2015

Program Council review and recommendations: October/November 2015

Announcement of funded grants:November/December 2015

Through the 2015 grant cycle, ANR will continue to invest in short-term, high-impact research, education and outreach projects that address priority issues consistent with the Strategic Vision; encourage collaboration among academics; strengthen the research-extension network; and demonstrate relevance and likelihood of impact on significant agricultural, economic, environmental, and social issues in California.

During the previous three competitive grant cycles, 52 projects have been approved for funding for a total investment of close to $12 million. These projects have yielded significant deliverables and outcomes. Examples are highlighted in the recent assessment summary at I continue to be excited by the high level of engagement across the ANR network, including many students, and with many of our external partners. The assessment summary also includes specific information about how the program is reaching collaboration goals.

While the funds available for the competitive grants program will depend on a number of factors, we anticipate funding to be roughly the same as in past cycles. We are committed to providing as much support as feasible to address high-priority issues.

Taking into consideration the findings from the 2014 grants program formative assessment, we have made a few small changes to this year's call. Most notably, grant applicants will now be asked to identify the specific priority issue area their proposals address. The priority issue areas are highlighted in the RFP and include links to the Strategic Initiative plans for further information. In this way, we will be better able to track and communicate efforts and impact.


Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM

SAVE THE DATE for Work Environment Assessment workshops

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier this week Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz wrote to you outlining the follow-up plans for the Work Environment Assessment. The six workshops that she described have now been scheduled, so please SAVE THE DATE now and plan to attend. Invitations will be sent about prior to each event with more information.

Please remember that California is a very large state, and in scheduling workshops, some people are going to have to travel farther than others.  We also understand that not everyone will be able to attend, and we will plan to share information with everyone later in the spring.  The regional groupings, the location of the workshop, and the date are listed below.  See the map on the website at  to identify which counties, RECs, campuses and administrative units are in each grouping:

  • South, San Diego – Monday, March 2
  • Central Valley, Kearney REC – Monday, March 9
  • Sacramento Valley, Davis – Wednesday, April 1
  • North, Redding – Wednesday, April 15
  • Administrative Units, Davis – Wednesday, May 20
  • Coast, San Luis Obispo – Wednesday, May 27

Please plan to attend – a positive and welcoming work environment is important to all of us.

Work Environment Committee

Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

VP announces Work Environment Assessment follow-up

Dear Colleagues,

I want you to know how much I appreciate the time that you took to participate in the Work Environment Assessment in 2012. ANR had a phenomenal 64% response rate! I hosted a virtual town hall with you in April of this year after the results were finally released. Today, I want to provide an update on the steps we are taking to follow up on the Work Environment Assessment. Workshops are being planned for the spring of 2015, and a “Save the Date” message will be coming soon with the date and location of the workshop in each regional grouping. 

Goals of the workshop are to:

  • share information on what we're learning from the assessment results with data by regional grouping as well as overall statewide totals;
  • address instances of exclusionary behavior by engaging in a discussion of Principles of Community; and
  • share information about the new ANR Staff Assembly.

ANR is committed to ensuring a safe, supportive, inclusive and welcoming work environment for everyone. While overall results from the ANR climate study show that most ANR employees are comfortable in their work environment, some reported discomfort.  There is also variation between groups; for example, academics are more comfortable than either represented or non-represented staff. Some employees have experienced exclusionary behavior such as feeling ignored, left out, intimidated or bullied.  

Over the past several months, the UC ANR Work Environment Assessment Committee (see roster below) has been working to identify areas of opportunity for improving the work environment for all ANR employees. The first step will be to engage ANR employees through a series of six workshops.  All academics, staff and county-paid staff will be invited to participate to discuss data from the work environment assessment and additional insights from prior listening sessions. The assessment data will be provided by regional grouping, as well as a statewide overview. 

Although the assessment data that we have does not include campus-based CE specialists (they received the campus version of the survey), they will be invited to participate in the workshops along with the rest of their ANR colleagues. 

We are taking two immediate steps to address the issue of exclusionary behavior.  First, the workshops will include a session devoted to developing “Principles of Community” for ANR.  Principles of Community provide a foundation for understanding our common values.  They define expectations for behavior in the workplace that is professional, welcoming and inclusive.  And they provide a framework for addressing issues that may arise in the workplace.  After all of the workshops have been completed, the draft Principles will be shared and then finalized. 

The second step is to provide a communication mechanism for non-academic staff to voice their issues, concerns and suggestions. ANR academics have the Academic Assembly Council, but there is no similar organization in ANR for staff. Currently all ten campuses, the Berkeley Lab and UCOP have a Staff Assembly organization. There is also a statewide body, called the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) that has representation from all of the Staff Assemblies. I am committed to forming an ANR Staff Assembly. Accordingly, one of the workshop sessions will focus on understanding what an ANR Staff Assembly would do, and why staff would want to be engaged in this organization.

I want to thank the Work Environment Assessment Committee for all of their work to analyze the data and prepare for these workshops. Our work environment is a top priority for me, and I hope you will plan to attend the workshop in your part of the state.


Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President  

Work Environment Assessment Committee
2014-15 Roster

Jodi Azulai, Training and Development Coordinator

Bethanie Brown, Human Resources Supervisor, Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit

Jan Corlett, Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Jeff Dahlberg, Director, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Chris Greer, Vice Provost, Cooperative Extension

Kat Hicklin, Business Officer, South Coast Research & Extension Center and UC Cooperative Extension Orange County

Amy Long, Administrative Assistant, Cooperative Extension, San Diego County

Linda Manton, Executive Director, Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit; Affirmative Action Contact; Title IX Contact

Robert Martinez, Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit

John Sims, Affirmative Action Compliance Officer, Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit

Rachel Surls, Cooperative Extension Advisor, Los Angeles County


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Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM

VP approves UCCE positions for recruitment

To continue our aggressive effort in hiring Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists, I am announcing the release of positions for future rounds of hiring. These positions have been through a thorough process of proposal and review. The more than 120 proposals for these CE positions were developed in consultation with our stakeholders. The review process involved public comment (more than 900 individual comments from agricultural organizations, governmental agencies, youth and nutrition coalitions, individuals and many others), ANR Program Teams, Cooperative Extension County Directors and College and School leadership.  All of the review information, along with information regarding current staffing and retirement projections, was considered by ANR Program Council in their deliberations to provide me with recommendations. My decisions in the release of these positions were based upon review of all the available information.

These positions are now in the queue and will be released for recruitment in phases over time to enable us to accomplish the search and hiring process in an orderly fashion, evaluate resources on a real-time basis, deal with unexpected changes in staffing, and address unanticipated issues as they arise. While I am providing the anticipated release dates, we will also be monitoring progress in recruitments already released to ensure that we are progressing efficiently.  Although we have hired more than four dozen new Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists over the past three years, we currently have 20 recruitments of previously released positions either underway or still to be initiated.

So, CE advisor and specialist positions approved for hiring in 2015-2016 (location, counties or campus) are as follows:

Round 1 (Spring 2015)

Area Youth & Community Advisor (Mendocino, Lake)

Area Agronomic Cropping Systems / Nutrient Management Advisor (Kings, Tulare, Fresno)

Area Citrus Advisor (Tulare, Fresno, Madera)

Area Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science Advisor (Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership)

Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor (Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings)

Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor (San Diego, Orange)

Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor (Siskiyou)

Beef Cattle Herd Health and Production Specialist (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD)

Community Food Safety Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UCD)

Integrated Urban Water Management Specialist (College of Natural and Agricultural Science, UCR)

Round 2 (Summer 2015)

Area Youth & Families Advisor (Imperial)

Area Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science Advisor (San Mateo, Santa Clara)

Area Small Farms Advisor (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Benito)

Area Rice Advisor (Sutter-Yuba, Placer, Sacramento)

Area Orchard Systems Advisor (Madera, Merced)

Area Vegetable Crops Advisor (Colusa, Sutter-Yuba)

Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor (Marin, Sonoma, Napa)

Agricultural Safety & Health Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Irrigation Water Management Specialist (Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center)

Quantitative Policy Analysis Specialist (College of Natural Resources, UCB)

Round 3 (Fall 2015)

Area Agronomic Cropping / Weed Science Advisor (Glenn, Butte, Tehama)

Area Agronomy Advisor (Capitol Corridor Multi-County Partnership)

Area Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science Advisor (Tulare, Kings)

Livestock and Range Economics Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Aquaculture Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Mechanization Engineering Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Round 4 (Spring 2016)

Area Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor (Placer-Nevada, Sutter-Yuba)

Area Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor (Plumas-Sierra, Butte)

Area Nutrition, Family & Consumer Science Advisor (Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter-Yuba)

Area Vegetable Production & Irrigation Advisor (Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced)

Area Low Desert Weed Advisor (Imperial, Riverside)

Forest Products and Woody Biomass Specialist (College of Natural Resources, UCB)

Orchard Crop Entomology Specialist (College of Natural and Agricultural Science, UCR – located at KARE)

Evaluation Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Round 5 (Summer 2016)

Area Sustainable Orchard Systems Advisor (Butte, Glenn, Tehama)

Area Orchard & Vineyard Systems Advisor (Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Alameda)

Community Economic Development Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Dairy Cattle Production Health Management Specialist (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD)

Round 6 (Fall 2016)

Area Desert Livestock Advisor (Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino)

Area Forestry & Natural Resources Advisor (Sutter-Yuba, Butte, Nevada

Area Livestock & Range Advisor (Ventura, Santa Barbara)

Area Dairy Systems Advisor (Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino)

Biometeorology Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

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Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

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